David Finkelstein

Professor of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

Professor David Finkelstein has been involved in senior management roles in four Scottish universities over the past 18 years. He has led large academic departments through strategic change, working with colleagues to encourage and support collaborative and shared working environments. He is currently Interim Head of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. Previous to that he was Head of the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh, preceding which he was Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. He has also acted as Head of the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where Sociology and Psychology departments were part of his management remit.

He is a well-practiced media communicator, with over 70 published books, essays and journal articles in areas related to cultural history and communication, several of which have won awards. He has contributed to news outlets such as The Guardian, The Scotsman and History Scotland, and been a featured commentator on Australian Radio National, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC Scotland. His most recent publication, examining nineteenth century print worker migration, labour actions, organizational culture and creative cultures, is the monograph Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World, which was published by Oxford University Press in July 2018.


  • –present
    Interim Head of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University


  • 1990 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD/English