Gareth Stedman Jones

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Gareth Stedman Jones

Born (1942-12-17) 17 December 1942 (age 78)
Academic background
Alma materSt Paul's School
Lincoln College, Oxford (MA)
Nuffield College, Oxford (DPhil)
Academic work
InstitutionsQueen Mary, University of London
Main interestsHistory of Ideas

Gareth Stedman Jones FBA (born 17 December 1942) is an English academic and historian.[1] As Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London, he deals particularly with working-class history and Marxism.[2]


Educated at St Paul's School and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated in history in 1964, Stedman Jones went on to Nuffield College, Oxford to take a DPhil in 1970.

He moved to Cambridge in 1974, becoming a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and in 1979, a lecturer in history. He was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford from 1967 to 1970, a senior associate member of St Antony's College, Oxford in 1971–1972, and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Goethe University, Frankfurt in 1973–1974, before becoming a lecturer in history at Cambridge in 1979–1986 and a reader in History of Social Thought there in 1986–1997.[3] He has served as co-director of the Centre for History and Economics at King's since 1991 and held the post of professor of political science since 1997.[4]

From 1964 to 1981 Stedman Jones served on the editorial board of the New Left Review. He was a joint founder of the History Workshop Journal in 1976.

In 2018, reviewing Stedman Jones's intellectual evolution, historian Terence Renaud described a "journey from the New Left, through French structuralism, to a contextualist practice of intellectual history that leaves Marxism behind."[5]


  • Outcast London, Oxford, 1971, reprinted 1984 (with new preface), 1992 and 2002
  • Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History, 1832–1982, Cambridge, 1983
  • Klassen, Politik, Sprache, edited by P. Schöttler, Munster, 1988
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, Harmondsworth, 2002: introduction of 180 pp.
  • An End to Poverty? London, Profile Books, July 2004[6]
  • Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, published by Allan Lane, August 2016

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hunt, Tristram (28 July 2006). "Lessons for Beijing emerge from the Dickensian smog". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Queen Mary University of London School of History Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  3. ^ Joint Centre for History and Economics Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ "King's History Fellows". King's College. Retrieved 29 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Inflatable Marx," review of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, H-Ideas (March 2018).[1]
  6. ^ Howe, Stephen (6 August 2004). "A wealth of ideas about an age-old problem". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)