Lawrence Goldman

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Lawrence Goldman

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Goldman at the IHR London, February 2016
Born (1957-06-17) June 17, 1957 (age 65)
London, England, UK
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge

Lawrence Goldman FRHistS (born 17 June 1957) is an English historian and the former director of the Institute of Historical Research. A former editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Born in London, he read history at Jesus College, Cambridge (1976–1979) as an undergraduate. Upon graduation he received a Harkness Fellowship, which enabled him to study history of slavery and American Civil War at Yale University for a year with Ed Morgan, David Montgomery and David Brion Davis.[1][2] He returned to Cambridge to undertake research in Victorian social science and social policy and in 1982 he was elected a junior research fellow at Trinity College. In 1985, he moved to Oxford as university lecturer in the Department for Continuing Education. He continues to teach regular adult classes and is president of the Thames and Solent district of the Workers' Educational Association. In 1990, he was appointed to a Fellowship at St Peter's College, where he has also served as admissions tutor and senior dean.[3]

During the academic year 2000–01, he was the university assessor, a senior administrator responsible for student welfare. He has served as chairman of examiners for the Final Honour School of Modern History and recently chaired the first-ever review of the university archives.

On 1 October 2004, Goldman was appointed editor[4] of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published by Oxford University Press, succeeding Brian Harrison. The appointment was for ten years.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Goldman, Lawrence (1995). Dons and Workers: Oxford and Adult Education Since 1850. Oxford: Clarendon Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205753.001.0001. ISBN 978-0198205753.
  • "Exceptionalism and Internationalism: The Origins of American Social Science Reconsidered", The Journal of Historical Sociology Vol. 11, 1 (1998) pp. 1–36
  • Goldman, Lawrence (2000). "Intellectuals and the English Working Class 1870–1945: The case of adult education". History of Education. 29 (4): 281–300. doi:10.1080/00467600050044662. S2CID 144749564.
  • "Education as Politics: University Adult Education in England since 1870", Oxford Review of Education Vol. 25, nos. 1&2 (1999) pp. 89–101
  • "Republicanism, Radicalism and Sectionalism: Land Reform and the Languages of American Working Men 1820–1860", in Articulating America: Fashioning a National Political Culture in Early America, 1750–1850, ed. Rebecca Starr (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) pp. 177–233
  • Science, Reform and Politics in Victorian Britain: The Social Science Association 1857-1886 (CUP, 2002)
  • "Civil Society in Nineteenth-century Britain and Germany: J. M. Ludlow, Lujo Brentano and the Labour Question", in Civil Society in British History: Ideas, Identities, Institutions, ed. Jose Harris (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) pp. 97–113
  • From art to politics: John Ruskin and William Morris (London: William Morris Society, 2005)


Articles in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography[edit]


  1. ^ Introducing the new Director of the IHR, 9 October 2014
  2. ^ Interview with Professor Lawrence Goldman, Talking Humanities, 2 February 2016
  3. ^ "People: Dr Lawrence Goldman". St Peter's College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Institute of Historical Research announces new Director, 2 April 2014
Preceded by
Professor Brian Harrison
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Professor Miles Taylor
Institute of Historical Research

Succeeded by
Professor Jo Fox