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Professor Gidon Cohen

Professor of Politics

Professor of Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45217
Professor in the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour 


Gidon studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St. Hugh's College, Oxford and completed an MA in Political Philosophy (the idea of toleration) and a DPhil under the supervision of Professor David Howell at the University of York. He then worked at the University of Manchester on an ESRC funded project examining the biographies of activists in the Communist Party of Great Britain and held teaching and research positions at the universities of Salford and Northumbria. He joined Durham University in September 2005.

Gidon's researches British political development using qualitative and quantitative methods. He is the director of the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour. He is currently co-investigator on a joint ESRC/AHRC funded project 'Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales, 1832-1914'.

Research interests

  • Ideology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Political Activism
  • Party Membership and Organisation
  • British Political History


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