Dr Lewis Mates, BA, MA, PhD
Office Hours (2019-2020): Wednesdays, 11:15 am -12:30 pm [term-time only]
Lewis' PhD, on the politics of the left in north-east England, was supervised by Professor Martin Pugh at Newcastle University. While completing the thesis, he worked with Professor Douglas Davies (Theology, Durham University) on the Encyclopedia of Cremation. There followed two funded projects (AHRC and ESRC) on political activism in post-war Britain with Dr. Gidon Cohen (SGIA). Between 2008 and 2017 Lewis lived the neo-liberal dream, delivering zero-hour teaching in the disciplines of Politics and History to undergraduates and MA students in Northumbria and Durham universities, before securing a two-year teaching fellowship in SGIA. In autumn 2019 he started on a permanent teaching-track position with SGIA.
Lewis' varied research interests are both empirical (qualitative and mixed methods) and theoretical. He has published single-authored monographs and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the politics of the Spanish republican solidarity campaigns (1936-39) and of the Durham miners' union.
Currently he is writing up the findings of a project into teaching local mining history in primary schools and trying to find the time to write a monograph on anarchist ideology, using the life of one-time anarchist Durham miner turned 'right wing' national trade union leader Will Lawther as a lens. He plans to research anarchism and pedagogy once these projects are completed.
Teaching involves modules on the history of political thought, political theory (particularly democratic theory and ideology) and British politics seen in a long-term perspective through the themes of 'class' and nation'.
Lewis would welcome enquiries from students or prospective students interested in doctoral research on any topics related broadly to his research interests and he is comfortable with both discipline-specific and more interdisciplinary approaches.
School of Government and International Affairs
- Political Theory
- History of Political Thought
- Ideologies and political theory
- Mining History
- Pedagogy: theory and practice
- Modern British political, social and industrial history
- Political Activism
- Mates, Lewis (2016). The Great Labour Unrest; rank-and-file movements and political change in the Durham coalfield. Manchester University Press.
- Mates, Lewis (2007). The Spanish Civil War and the British Left: Political Activism and the Popular Front. I.B. Tauris.
- Davies, Douglas J. & Mates, Lewis H. (2005). Encyclopedia of Cremation. London: Ashgate.
Chapter in book
- Mates, Lewis (2018). Bolton, Henry. In Dictionary of Labour Biography, Volume XIV. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Mates, Lewis (2018). The struggle for control of the Durham Miners' Association, 1890s-1915. In Labour united and divided from the 1830s to the present. Manchester University Press.
- Mates, Lewis (2012). The Syndicalist Challenge in the Durham coalfield before 1914. In Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red. Berry, D., Kinna, R., Pinta, S. & Prichard, A. Palgrave Macmillan. 57-77.
- Mates, Lewis (2010). Charles Wilson, the Pitman's Poet. In Dictionary of Labour Biography Vol.XIII. Gildart, Keith & Howell, David Palgrave Macmillan. XIII.
- Mates, Lewis (2010). Radical Cultures and Local Identities: the North-east Labour Movement’s Response to the Spanish Civil War. In Radical Cultures and Local Identities. Cowman K. & Packer I. Cambridge Scholars. 213–231.
- Mates, Lewis (2005). Practical anti-fascism? The Spanish Aid Campaigns in North-East England, 1936-1939. In British Fascism, the Labour Movement and the State. Copsey, Nigel & Renton, David London: Palgrave. 118-140.
- Grimshaw, Lucy, Mates, Lewis & Reynolds, Andie (2018). The challenges and contradictions of state-funded community organizing. Community Development Journal
- Mates, Lewis (2017). Ideology, Institutions and Causes: the Committed Activist Life of a Durham miner. Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique 22(3): 1-21.
- Mates, Lewis (2016). Syndicalism and the ‘transnational turn’. Capital & Class 40(2): 347.
- Mates, Lewis (2014). ‘Rank-and-file movements and Political change before the Great War; the Durham miners’ “Forward Movement”. Historical Research 87(236): 316-343.
- Mates, Lewis (2013). ‘Seven Shillings is Not Exactly the Millennium’ Economic Liberalism and the Campaign for a Miners' Minimum Wage in the Durham Coalfield to 1914. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations (34): 49.
- Cohen, Gidon & Mates, Lewis (2013). Grassroots Conservatism in Post-War Britain: A view from the bottom up. History 98(330): 202-225.
- Mates, Lewis (2013). The Limits and Potential of Syndicalist Influence in the Durham Coalfield before the Great War. Labor History 54(1): 42-63.
- Cohen, Gidon, Mates, Lewis & Flinn, Andrew (2012). Capture-Recapture Methods and Party Activism in Britain. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43(2): 247-274.
- Mates, L.H. (2006). 'The North-East and the Campaigns for the Popular Front, 1938-39'. Northern History 43(2): 273-301.
- Mates, Lewis (2006). Durham and South Wales Miners and the Spanish Civil War. Twentieth Century British History 17(3): 373-395.
- Flinn, Andrew, Cohen, Gidon & Mates, Lewis (2005). 'National politicians and local political parties; Herbert Morrison and the South Lewisham Labour Party'. Lewisham History Journal 13: 29-60.
- Mates, Lewis (2004). 'A 'Most Fruitful Period'? The North East District Communist Party and the Popular Front Period, 1935-39'. North East History 36: 54-98.
- Mates, Lewis (2004). 'Britain's Popular Front? The Case of the Tyneside Foodship Campaign, 1938-1939'. Labour History Review 69(1): 35-57.
- Mates, Lewis (2006). ‘Debunking Myths’, review essay of Matt Perry, The Jarrow Crusade: Protest and Legend (University of Sunderland Press, 2005). North-East History 38: 171-179.