Dr Daniel Frost

Dr Daniel Frost

LSE Fellow


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Key Expertise
Contemporary British History, Suburban Studies, Political History

About me

Daniel is a contemporary British political historian, with a particular focus on left-wing and community activism in the twentieth century. Daniel has written on a variety of subjects, including the 1970s underground press, Black youth activism in the 1980s, and parliamentary boundary reviews, and draws upon insights from geography, cultural studies, and political science. More broadly, he has a strong interest in interdisciplinarity, contemporary historiography, and critical pedagogy. Daniel completed his PhD, supported by the AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, in 2022; it focused on experiences of, and relationships to, place and space in Croydon, south London. He was supervised by Prof. Matthew Worley (University of Reading), Dr. Charlotte Lydia Riley (University of Southampton), and Prof. Andrew Thorpe (University of Leeds, formerly University of Exeter). He graduated from LSE in BSc Government and History in 2014, and from SOAS in MA History (Africa) in 2015. Prior to becoming an LSE Fellow, with teaching responsibilities on LSE100, he taught as a Sessional Lecturer on historiography and cultural history modules at the University of Reading. He is currently also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mile End Institute (Queen Mary, University of London), and is undertaking a pedagogical research project with the LSE’s Eden Centre. Daniel is a co-convenor of the Institute of Historical Research’s Contemporary British History seminar.


Conference and Public Events

With Ngozi Edeagu (Bayreuth) and Dr Sarah C. Dunstan (Glasgow), ‘Race, Rights and Reform: Black Activism in the French Empire and the United States from World War 1 to the Cold War’, Mile End Institute Podcast (2022)

‘“Racism is not an isolated incident”: Croydon’s 1981, Croydon’s 2011, and troubling memories in the “multicultural suburb”’, Troubling Anniversaries, Institute of Historical Research and the Centre for Public History, Queen’s University Belfast, 22 October 2021.

Panellist, ‘Structural and Institutional Racism in the UK – Contemporary Perspectives?’, Mile End Institute, 20 October 2021.

‘“We’re going to do a Special Branch on the Special Branch”: Black youth activism in 1980s Croydon’, Sociology in the Archives: Black and Asian activism by and for young people, British Sociological Association, London, 18 November 2019



LSE Class Teacher Award (LSE100), 2021-22.

Eden Fellowship (SoTL), 2021-22.

Runner-up, ECR Lightning Talks Prize, Troubling Anniversaries Conference (2021)

AHRC-funded PhD Studentship (South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership), 2017-2021