Tim Stanley

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Tim Stanley

MA MPhil PhD

Born Timothy Randolph Stanley
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Alma mater The Judd School
Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster, blogger
Years active 2006-present
Awards Leverhulme Trust Grant

Timothy Randolph "Tim" Stanley (born 1982) is a British-born journalist and historian.


Stanley was educated at the Judd School before completing all of his higher education at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed a BA, M.Phil and Ph.D in Modern History. His doctoral thesis was on Edward M. Kennedy's role in the US Democratic Party in the 1980s, which was published in 2010 as his first solo book, Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul.

At Cambridge he was active in student journalism. Stanley also unsuccessfully ran for a sabbatical post on Cambridge University Students' Union, standing in 2007 for Welfare Officer. His manifesto consisted of a handwritten note simply reading "This is hand written because I was too drunk to write a manifesto. There is no better testament to my character".[1]

Academic career[edit]

Stanley held lectureships at the University of Sussex in 2008-09 and Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009-11, and from 2011 to 2012 he is an associate member of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. He is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Grant.[2]

In November 2011, he organised a conference called History: What is it good for?,[3][dead link] which generated some controversy after one of the speakers, David Starkey, said that the national curriculum in British schools overlooks British culture.[4]


Since 2011, Stanley has been a regular blogger and occasional columnist for the Daily Telegraph,[5] reporting on American politics and culture, particularly the 2012 Republican primaries. He contributes to History Today,[6] and has written pieces for CNN,[7] The Guardian[8] and The Spectator.[9]

He wrote and presented a documentary for the BBC entitled Family Guys? What Sitcoms Say About America Now, which was broadcast in October 2012.[10] He is also an occasional pundit on BBC News, CNBC, Sky News and Channel 4 News.


Stanley joined the British Labour Party at the age of 15. He was Chair of Cambridge University Labour Club in 2003-4, and stood as the Labour candidate for his home constituency of Sevenoaks at the 2005 general election, where he came third. He has since distanced himself from the Labour Party,[11] and has been arguing in support of the US Republican Party.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2012, Stanley stated he was "raised a good Baptist boy".[14] Later, he considered himself to be an Anglican, beginning around "one glorious summer" in 2002, and was baptized as an Anglican in Little St. Mary's, Cambridge in New Year 2003. He later aligned himself with the Church of England's Anglo-Catholic wing.[15] He has since converted to Roman Catholicism.[16]


  • Timothy Stanley and Alexander Lee, The End of Politics: Realignment and the Battle for the Centre Ground (London: Politico's, London, 2006) ISBN 9781842751749
  • Timothy Stanley, Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2010) ISBN 9780700617029
  • Timothy Stanley, The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan (New York: Thomas Dunne, 2012) ISBN 9780312581749
  • Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley (eds.), Making Sense of American Liberalism (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2012) ISBN 9780252036866
  • Timothy Stanley, Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2014) ISBN 9781250032492

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Wood, Peter (8 March 2007). "A history of electioneering apathy". The Cambridge Student. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Stanley, Tim (October 2011). "The Contrarian: History Predicts A Riot". HistoryToday.com. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "www.TheFutureofHistory.org". 
  4. ^ "David Starkey in new row over 'mono-culture' comments". The Daily Telegraph (London). 15 Nov 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tim Stanley at Telegraph Blogs". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tim Stanley at History Today". Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Stanley, Tim (23 March 2012). "How GOP got Catholicized". CNN. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tim Stanley at The Guardian". London: The Guardian. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tim Stanley at The Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Stanley, Tim (26 October 2012). "What sitcoms say about American voters". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.timothystanley.co.uk/1/post/2012/09/ed-miliband-isnt-weird-hes-just-hollow.html
  12. ^ "Dan Hodges and Tim Stanley debate: Barack Obama and the mendacity of hope". The Daily Telegraph (London). 6 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dan Hodges and Tim Stanley debate: If I weren't a godless Obamaniac, Tim might have got me backing Romney". The Daily Telegraph (London). 6 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Stanley, Tim (10 October 2012). "Romney is finally ahead in national polls. Watch the liberals cry tears of unfathomable sadness". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Stanley, Tim. "Rowan Williams failed because his leadership was as schizophrenic as his church". timstanley.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Stanley, Tim. "The Catholic Church could do with a shot of Santorum's zeal". timstanley.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2012.