Dr Stuart McAnulla


Before coming to Leeds, I completed a PhD and taught at the University of Birmingham.

I also worked for a year as a researcher at the University of Central England, where I also taught a public policy course. My particular interests are in: contemporary British politics; ideological and institutional change; political atheism; religion and politics. I am co-convenor of the Political Studies Association specialist group on Religion and Politics. I am also a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life here at the University of Leeds.


  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

Key areas include:

  • The ideological direction of the UK politics following Brexit
  • Political leadership and rhetoric
  • The politics of secularism and the ‘New Atheism’

Other areas of interest include the role of public intellectuals; theories of power, and the role of philosophy/social theory in political analysis.

Further links

Sell-by dates (Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4 interview)

Interpretive Politics Specialist Group (Political Studeis Association)

The Centre for Religion and Public Life

Research projects

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  • PhD in Political Science, University of Birmingham
  • BA Politics (Ist class honours), University of Strathclyde
  • Postgraducate Certificate in Learning and teaching in Higher Education, University of Leeds
  • IOSH certificate

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Political Studies Association

Student education

Module leader:

  • The End of British Politics?
  • Advanced Political Analysis

I am also part of teaching teams on modules concerning Brexit and political methodologies

Research groups and institutes

  • Leadership, Parties and Institutions
  • Political Theory and Cultural Values

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research opportunities

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