Christopher Lawson

Faculty of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Deindustrialisation, Neoliberalism, Urban History

Name of Postdoctoral Fellowship

Faculty of Arts & Science


Christopher Lawson is an historian of imperial and post-imperial Britain and joins the Department of History as an Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow.  His work focuses on the intersection of decolonisation, deindustrialisation, the transformation of cities, and the rise of ‘neo-liberalism’ in the mid-to-late 20th century.  He is particularly interested in tracing how structural economic changes interact with pre-existing inequalities of class, race and gender to produce segregation, exclusion and exploitation. His current book project is a comprehensive study of deindustrialisation’s impact on diverse communities and its role in the social and cultural transformations of contemporary Britain.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MA, McGill University
BA, University of Toronto