Dr Dan Gordon

Senior Lecturer in European History

Department of English, History & Creative Writing


Daniel did his first degree in Modern History at Oxford University, before moving to Sussex University to do an MA in Contemporary History (including a dissertation on the killings of Algerian demonstrators in Paris in 1961), and a DPhil on ‘Immigrants and the New Left in France, 1968-1971’.  As the recipient of an Entente Cordiale Scholarship from the French Cultural Service in the UK, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nice in 2001-2002. He was then the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and College Lecturer in History at Jesus College, Oxford, before his appointment at Edge Hill University in 2003.

From 2012 to 2015 he worked on the advisory board of a project by Génériques, the French immigration history NGO, collecting oral testimony from activists involved in immigration issues and promoting promotes the public use of these interviews.

In 2017 his long experience of and reflection on teaching was recognised by being made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He regularly gives talks to A Level History students, has contributed to Teaching History magazine, and welcomes enquiries from teachers looking for external speakers.

He writes for a wide readership, including activists, with reviews and articles appearing in academic and non-academic publications, and gives talks in a range of venues, for example, Housmans Bookshop in London, and Les Reclusiennes, an open air festival of ideas in south-western France. He was invited by the Mayor of Paris to attend the re-naming of a Parisian square after the human rights activist, Saïd Bouziri, and by the British Ambassador to France to attend commemorative events for the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. He has been interviewed for Radio City Talk, the French journal Contretemps,  and the French History Network Blog, for which he also blogs on current affairs.

Between 2012 and 2017, he has given over 30 conference and seminar papers in the UK and abroad, at St Antony’s College, Oxford, the University of Paris 10 – Nanterre, Leicester University, York University, the Maison Française, Oxford, the Institute of Historical Research, London, the University of Paris 8 – St Denis, the Maison de l’Europe, Paris, Harvard University, Cardiff University, Sciences Po – Bordeaux, the University of Bordeaux 2, the University of Oldenburg, Manchester University, Durham University, Southampton University, Lancaster University, Queen’s University, Belfast, Portsmouth University, St Andrews University, Newcastle University, the University of Rouen, Chichester University, Aston University, Brunel University, Strathclyde University and the University of Tours.

Daniel is the author of over 20 articles and contributions to edited volumes, and his book Immigrants And Intellectuals: May ’68 And The Rise of Anti-Racism in France, published in paperback by Merlin Press in 2012, has been acclaimed in reviews in both the UK and France.

His research interests include: the history of social movements, especially the international movements of 1968; intertwined histories of migration, racism and anti-racism in France from the 1930s to the present day; relationships between the state and protest movements in France; transnational relations between social movements, especially between France and the UK, and between France and Italy; and the history of transport and mobility.

He is currently working on a new history from below of how passengers have interacted with public transport and state authorities in postwar France, with particular reference to the suburban commuters’ revolt of 1970 and the introduction of free transport in some French towns since 1971. This is a multi-layered study, examining the impact of class, gender and regional inequality, and includes the outer suburbs of Paris; provincial cities including Bordeaux, Limoges and Toulouse; and the rural departments of Corrèze, Dordogne and Lot; and transnational debates across Europe about free transport.

Other research in progress includes an investigation of the secret negotiations between Jacques Chirac and the French-Polish Communist trade union leader Henri Krasucki which played a role in ending the French general strike of May-June 1968; and a study of the relationship between the March for Equality and Against Racism of 1983 and the introduction in 1984 of ten-year residency permits for most foreign residents in France.

From 2005 to 2009 he served on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), and he has been Chair of ASMCF’s North West Regional Group since its launch at Edge Hill in 2006. Since 2012 he has been on the Editorial Board of the journal Modern and Contemporary France. From 2009 to 2015 he served as an elected member of the Steering Committee of History UK (HE).

Since 2015 he has been an external advisor to The Children’s 68, a research project based at the University of Tours, financed by the Marie Curie Research Fellowship Programme and involving collaboration with the University of Reading, the University of Newcastle, the Serpentine Gallery (London), Invisible Spaces of Parenthood (London), the University of Lund (Sweden), the University of Tübingen (Germany), the University of Ǻrhus (Denmark), the Mediathèque Françoise Sagan (Paris), the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books and the Copenhagen Film Festival.

Alongside his undergraduate, Fastrack and MA teaching, and roles as Study Abroad Tutor and Erasmus Tutor, he has supervised two doctoral theses.

Having experienced a range of different institutions, he is very aware of what is special about what History at Edge Hill has to offer students: the unusual combination of a proud record of widening access to higher education with a level of individual support comparable to that of more traditional universities.


Special Subject: 1968 And All That: Protest in Western EuropeMigration and Mobility in Contemporary European History

Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History

Introduction to Contemporary French History

Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945

Interpreting European History: the Nineteenth Century


For more details about my publications please visit the Edge Hill Research Archive.


Articles and chapters

  • ‘Islamophobia, Antisemitism and the Search for Common Ground in French Antiracist Movements Since 1898’, in James Renton and Ben Story? (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017), pp. 217-266
  • ‘Polychronicon: Reinterpreting 1968: The Case of France’, Teaching History, no 162 (March 2016), pp. 44-45
  • ‘L’économie morale des banlieusards : aux origines de la ‘‘crise des transports’’ en France des années 1970?, Vingtième Siècle, no 126 (October 2015), pp. 119-131
  • ‘Sans Frontière et la fin des années 68 en France’ in Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Xavier Landrin, Anne-Marie Pailhès and Bernard Lacroix, eds, Les contrecultures: genèses, circulations, pratiques (Paris: Syllepse, 2015)
  • ‘Les marches vues du Royaume Uni’ in François Brun and Ahsène Zehraoui, eds, Les Marches pour l’Egalité et contre le racisme de 1983 à 1985, special issue of Migrations Société, no. 159-160 (May-August 2015)
  • ‘Le 17 octobre 1961 et la population française: la collaboration ou la résistance?’ in Aïssa Kadri, Moula Bouaziz and Tramor Quemeneur, eds, La guerre d’Algérie revisitée: nouvelles générations, nouveaux regards (Paris: Karthala, 2015), pp. 339-350
  • ‘French and British Antiracists Since the 1960s: a rendez-vous manqué?’, in Maud Bracke and James Mark, eds, Between Decolonisation and the Cold War: transnational activism and its limits in Europe, 1950s-1990s, special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History, vol 50, no 3 (July 2015), pp. 606-631
  • ‘From Militancy to History: Sans Frontièreand Immigrant Memory at the Dawn of the 1980s’ in Emile Chabal, ed, France since the 1970s: history, politics and memory in an age of uncertainty (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), pp. 115-128
  • Sans Frontièreet Race Today, vecteurs parallèles de l’héritage de l’immigration’, in Louisa Zanoun, ed, La patrimoine de l’immigration en France et en Europe: enjeu social et culturel, special issue of Migrance (Hors série 2013), pp. 43-56
  • ‘Reaching Out to Immigrants in May ’68: Specific or Universal Appeals?’ in Julian Jackson, Anna-Louise Milne and James Williams, eds, May ’68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution(Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 93-108
  • ‘A ‘Mediterranean New Left’? Comparing and Contrasting the French PSU and the Italian PSIUP’, Contemporary European History, vol 19, no 4 (November 2010), pp. 309-330
  • ‘Memories of 1968 in France: Reflections on the 40th Anniversary’ in Sarah Waters and Ingo Cornils, eds, Memories of 1968: International Perspectives(Bern: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 49-78
  • ‘Le PSU et les luttes de l’immigration: perspectives nationales et internationales’ in Tudi Kernalegenn, François Prigent, Gilles Richard and Jacqueline Sainclivier, eds, Le PSU vu d’en bas. Réseaux sociaux, mouvement politique, laboratoire d’idées (années 1950-années 1980)(Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009), pp. 327-336
  • ‘Liquidating May ’68? Generational Trajectories of the 2007 Presidential Candidates’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 16, no 2 (May 2008), pp. 143-159
  • ‘Daniel Guérin et le mouvement des travailleurs immigrés en France après 1968’, in David Berry, ed, Daniel Guérin, révolutionnaire en movement(s)Dissidences, vol 2 (March 2007)
  • ‘Controlling the Streets in May 1968’ in Jessica Wardhaugh, ed, Paris and the Right in the Twentieth Century(Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2007), pp. 104-121
  • ‘The Back Door of the Nation State: Political Expulsions and Continuity in Twentieth Century France’, Past and Present, no 186 (February 2005), pp. 201-232
  • ‘ ‘‘A Nanterre, ça bouge’’: immigrés et gauchistes en banlieue, 1968 à 1971’,Historiens et Géographes, no 385 (January 2004), pp. 75-86
  • ‘Acteurs transméditerranéens dans un quartier cosmopolite: juifs et musulmans, entre tolérance et conflit, à Belleville (Paris XXe)’, Cahiers de la Méditerrannée, no 67 (December 2003), pp. 287-298.
  • ‘ ‘‘Il est recommandé aux étrangers de ne pas participer’’: les étrangers expulsés en mai-juin 1968’, Migrations Société, vol 15, no 87-88 (July-August 2003), pp. 45-65
  • ‘World Reactions to the 1961 Paris Pogrom’, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, no 1 (Sep 2000) 
  • ‘The Pollock Family Papers’, Bulletin of the Friends of Cambridge University Library, 1996

Review articles

  • ‘Full Speed Ahead? The Trente Glorieuses in a Rear View Mirror’, Contemporary European History, vol 26, no 1 (February 2017), pp. 189-199
  • ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 23, no 2 (April 2015), pp. 249-255
  • ‘History at Last? 1968-2008’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 17, no 3 (August 2009), pp. 335-342
  • ‘Three New Works by Azouz Begag’, H France Review, vol 7 (October 2007), no. 118
  • ‘From May to October: Reassessing the 1968 Generation’, Modern and Contemporary France vol 13, no 2 (May 2005), pp. 229-233

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