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Christopher Massey

Senior Lecturer in History and Politics, Teesside University

Dr. Christopher Massey researches in modern British history and politics and has worked at Teesside University since 2015.

His recent publications include the official biography of Lord Tom Sawyer, The Man at the Back in 2017, and a monograph published Manchester University Press in 2020 entitled The Modernisation of the Labour Party, 1979-97.

Christopher's doctoral thesis explored the 1945-51 Labour Governments’ attitude to steel nationalisation, whilst other research outputs have included articles on the Keir Starmer, the Militant Tendency, Labour Party Conference, and nationalisation, alongside the curation of an exhibition in 2017 at the Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art on the Life of Lord Tom Sawyer.

Dr. Massey has undertaken a wide variety of media engagements including expert comment for the BBC and Al Jazeera, party political content for ITV news and the Evening Gazette, and written content for the Conversation, Fabian Review, LSE, and Northern Echo.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer in History and Politics , Teesside University
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer in Politics and History, Teesside University
  • 2015–2018
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Teesside University


  • 2020
    The Modernisation of the Labour Party, 1979-97, Manchester University Press
  • 2017
    The Man at the Back: The Life and Journals of Lord Tom Sawyer, Teesside University