Dr Lise Butler

Subject History
Fellow type By-Fellows
Year started 2019


Lise Butler is a Lecturer in Modern History at City, University of London, and Archives By-Fellow at Churchill in the autumn of 2019. She is a historian of modern Britain, specialising in political history, left-wing politics, and the history of the social sciences. She teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British history and politics, the history of ideas, and the history of the British left, and is the programme director for City’s History and Politics BA. She was previously Stipendiary Lecturer in History at Pembroke College, Oxford, and completed her doctorate at University College, Oxford, in 2015. Her first book, Michael Young, Social Science, and the British Left, 1945-70 (Oxford University Press, 2020), examines the relationship between the social sciences and left-wing politics in the decades after the second world war through the ideas and networks of the sociologist, policy maker and social innovator Michael Young. As Archives By-Fellow she will use Churchill’s superb archives, and in particular the papers of New Society editor Paul Barker and market researcher Mark Abrams, to examine conceptualisations of the future in British social science and politics, and to expand and deepen her ongoing research on the ways in which the concept of the ‘post-industrial’ shaped politics, policy and culture in Britain from the 1970s to the 1990s