Professor Geoffrey Alderman

Professor Geoffrey Alderman, Professor of History and Politics at the University of Buckingham, the UK's favourite universityProfessor Geoffrey Alderman studied history at Oxford, where his teachers included Sir Martin Gilbert, the late AJP Taylor and the late Dr Cecil Roth. From 1972 until 1994 Professor Alderman taught History and Politics in the University of London, where he was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1989.

From 1989 until 1994 Professor Alderman was Chairman of the Academic Council of the University of London and (1992-93) Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Standards. In 1994 Professor Alderman accepted an appointment as quality supremo at Middlesex University, where he became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality & Standards). In 1999 Professor Alderman crossed the Atlantic to become Vice-President of Touro College, New York, and in 2002 he re-crossed the Atlantic to become Senior Vice-President of American InterContinental University London (2002-6). Professor Alderman is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies and Michael Gross Professor of Modern History at the University of Buckingham.

Professor Alderman is the author and co-author of some 17 books, including British Jewry since Emancipation (University of Buckingham Press, 2014). He writes irregularly for The Guardian and Times Higher Education and regularly for the Jewish Chronicle.

Geoffrey Alderman teaches History and Politics at the University of Buckingham.



Alderman, G. The History of Hackney Downs School (London: Clove Club, 1971)

Alderman, G. The Railway Interest (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1973; reprinted by Gregg Revivals, 1993)

Alderman, G. British Elections: Myth and Reality (London: Batsford, 1978)

Alderman, G. The Jewish Community in British Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983)

Alderman, G. Pressure Groups and Government in Great Britain (London: Longman, 1984; 2nd impression 1987)

Alderman, G. Modern Britain 1700-1983: A Domestic History (London: Croom Helm 1986; reprinted 1987)

Alderman, G. The Federation of Synagogues, 1887-1987 (London: Federation of Synagogues, 1987)

Alderman, G. London Jewry and London Politics 1889-1986 (London: Routledge, 1989)

Alderman, G. Britain: A One-Party State? (London: Christopher Helm, 1989)

Alderman, G. Modern British Jewry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992; 2nd ed. 1998)

Alderman, G. Controversy and Crisis: Studies in the History of the Jews in Modern Britain (Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2008)

Alderman, G.  The Communal Gadfly (Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2009)

Alderman, G.  Hackney Downs 1876-1995: The Life and Death of a School (Whittlebury: Clove Club, 2012)

Alderman, G.  British Jewry since Emancipation (Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press, 2014)

Edited books

Alderman, G. (editor and contributor), Governments, Ethnic Groups and Political Representation (Aldershot: European Science Foundation and Dartmouth Publishing, 1993)

Alderman, G. (editor and contributor) & C. Holmes, Outsiders and Outcasts: Essays in Honour of William J. Fishman (London: Duckworth, 1993)

Alderman, G. (ed.). New Directions in Anglo-Jewish History (Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010)

Other independent studies

Alderman, G. The History of the Hendon Synagogue 1928-1978 (London, 1978)

Alderman, G. The Jewish Vote in Great Britain since 1945 (University of Strathclyde Studies in Public Policy no.72, 1980)

Alderman, G. & G. Hudes. The Jewish Shops Panel: A Guide for Jewish Market Traders (Scott Markets Ltd., 1981)

Alderman, G. Anglo-Jewry: A suitable case for treatment (privately published, 1990) [Inaugural Lecture delivered 17 Oct. 1989]

Alderman, G. Academic Duty and Communal Obligation: Some Thoughts on the Writing of Anglo-Jewish History (Centre for Jewish Studies, University of London, 1994)

Alderman, G. The Holocaust: Why Did Anglo-Jewry Stand Idly By? (Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College, New York, 2001)

Other editorships

Editor of “Vital Issues in Britain“, a series of paperback monographs, published by Christopher Helm, covering topical issues in contemporary British politics and society.

1998-2004: Associate Editor in charge of post-1800 Jewish entries, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (OUP, 2004)

Refereed articles and essays (since 2008)

Alderman, G. & C. Holmes. “The Burton Book“, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18.1 (January 2008), 1-13

Alderman, G.  “‘Jews, Judaism and English Law”, in  Sharia: A Way Of Life (London: Islamic Shari’a Council, 2008) [6 pp]

Alderman, G. “Cecil Roth: A Personal Appraisal”, in G. Alderman (ed.), Crisis & Controversy: Studies in the History of the Jews in Modern Britain (Boston MA: Academic Studies Press, 2008), 355-362

Alderman, G. “Defining and measuring academic standards: A British perspective”, Higher Education Management & Policy 21.3 (November 2009), 1-14

Alderman, G.  “British Zionism: An Interpretative Survey“, in Allon Gal (ed), World Regional Zionism: Geo-Cultural Dimensions (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, & Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 3 vols, 2010), vol. III, 13-34 [Hebrew]

Alderman, G. “Reflections: Change, quality and standards in British higher education”, Journal of Change Management 10.3 (Sep. 2010), 243-252

Alderman, G.Jews and electoral politics in the United Kingdom: A contemporary note”, Jewish Journal of Sociology 52 (2010), 69-74

Alderman, G. “Miliband’s Pact With The Devil”, Manna 110 (Winter 2011), 2-3

Alderman, G.  with D. Palfreyman, “The Birth of the Marketplace in English Higher Education: A Rough Guide”, Oxford Magazine (Second Week, Hilary Term 2011), 6-8 [reprinted in Perspectives: Policy & Practice in Higher Education (June 2011), 1-5]

Ioannidis, G. & G. Alderman, “Freedom of expression and public criticism of officials”, World Sports Law Report (WSLR) 2011, 9(4), 11-13

Alderman, G.  “The Coalition Government’s Proposed Assault on Institutional Autonomy in English Higher Education”, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies Occasional Paper No. 42 (September 2011) [reprinted in Oxford Magazine, no.315 (Michaelmas Term 2011), 3-6]

Alderman, G.  “Educational Oversight? The Incursion of the UK Border Agency into the Quality Assurance of Higher Education Programmes”, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies Occasional Paper No. 43 (May 2012) [6pp]

Alderman, G.  “London Jewry and the London Mayoral Election of 2012: A Note”, Jewish Journal of Sociology 54 (2012), 87-92

Alderman, G. “How the Home Office became a regulator of higher education in England”, in P. John & J. Fanghanel (eds), Dimensions of marketisation in higher education (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), ch.11

Full list of refereed articles and essays since 1970

Non-refereed output (2014)

‘Yakobson’s plan: naïve, dumb,’ Jewish Chronicle, 03 January 2014, 27
‘Great wounds of the Great War,’ Jewish Chronicle, 10 January 2014, 31
‘How not to love thy neighbour,’ Jewish Chronicle, 17 January 2014, 27
‘Off the record, but it was true,’ Jewish Chronicle, 24 January 2014, 37
‘Answer to politicians’ prayers,’ Jewish Chronicle, 31 January 2014, 39
‘Why I’m out of commission,’ Jewish Chronicle, 07 February 2014, 37
‘North-easterly wind of change,’ Jewish Chronicle, 14 February 2014, 29
‘A chilling logic and an ill wind,’ Jewish Chronicle, 21 February 2014, 29
‘Why I support the Green Liners,’ Jewish Chronicle, 28 February 2014, 33
‘I’m not impressed, I’m stunned,’ Jewish Chronicle, 07 March 2014, 29
‘I can’t vote there, but if I could …,’ Jewish Chronicle, 14 March 2014, 29
‘We can’t say we weren’t warned,’ Jewish Chronicle, 21 March 2014, 35
‘Benn and Crow: unmourned?,’ Jewish Chronicle, 28 March 2014, 35
‘Ukraine’s Jewish dimension,’ Jewish Chronicle, 04 April 2014, 43
‘After sharia, there is halachah,’ Jewish Chronicle, 11 April 2014, 39
‘It’s not Pesach that costs, really,’ Jewish Chronicle, 18 April 2014, 27
‘Therapists in need of therapy,’ Jewish Chronicle, 25 April 2014, 25
‘All about the beards and bees,’ Jewish Chronicle, 02 May 2014, 31
‘When I was just an Alderboy,’ Jewish Chronicle, 09 May 2014, 29
‘Abbas never intended to deal,’ Jewish Chronicle, 16 May 2014, 27
‘ADL report: the lessons to learn,’ Jewish Chronicle, 23 May 2014, 29
‘Where there’s Brass, there’s …,’ Jewish Chronicle, 30 May 2014, 33
‘These shamefully high salaries,’ Jewish Chronicle, 06 June 2014, 35
‘Mirvis missed this opportunity,’ Jewish Chronicle, 13 June 2014, 29
‘Aboard the Trojan bandwagon,’ Jewish Chronicle, 20 June 2014, 33
‘Creation of curricular havoc,’ Jewish Chronicle, 27 June 2014, 33
‘Shift from fads and whims,’ Jewish Chronicle, 04 July 2014, 31
‘Cynical exploitation of tragedy,’ Jewish Chronicle, 11 July 2014, 31
‘A new voice in the Middle East,’ Jewish Chronicle, 18 July 2014, 27
‘When Unite pulls the strings,’ Jewish Chronicle, 25 July 2014, 31
‘Death of the two state solution,’ Jewish Chronicle, 01 August 2014, 29
‘So sue me, Mister President,’ Jewish Chronicle, 08 August 2014, 29
‘The baroness’s real agenda,’ Jewish Chronicle, 15 August 2014, 29
‘Richter scale of antisemitism,’ Jewish Chronicle, 22 August 2014, 35
‘UN’s Schabas: an open mind?’ Jewish Chronicle, 29 August 2014, 29
‘Foolish question of who won,’ Jewish Chronicle, 05 September 2014, 45
‘Spite that lies behind the labels,’ Jewish Chronicle, 12 September 2014, 49
‘TUC’s severance of a strong link,’ Jewish Chronicle, 19 September 2014, 71
‘Abundant southern comforts,’ Jewish Chronicle, 26 September 2014, 51
‘How and why to vote with care,’ Jewish Chronicle, 03 October 2014, 45
‘Let children open their eyes,’ Jewish Chronicle, 10 October 2014, 31
‘How dare he question our laws,’ Jewish Chronicle, 17 October 2014, 31
‘An illiterate way to grab votes,’ Jewish Chronicle, 24 October 2014, 37
‘A wholly unhappy marriage,’ Jewish Chronicle, 31 October 2014, 39
‘Why are Jews not free to pray?’ Jewish Chronicle, 07 November 2014, 43
HEi-think: Quality watchdog “has failed to protect HE standards,”, 21 November 2014

Full list of non-refereed output since 1974

Selected Publications

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