Dr Daniel Frost

Dr Daniel Frost

LSE Fellow


Office Hours
Thursdays at 11:30-12:30, KSW 3.08 (Visit Student Hub to book a slot)
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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.


Co-editor, with Dr. Evan Smith (Flinders, AUS), In Solidarity, Under Suspicion: The British Far Left from 1956 (Manchester University Press, 2024)

'Studying the Left in Croydon,' Labour Heritage Bulletin (2023)

Review of M. Beveridge, The Socialist in the Labour Party from Attlee to CorbynLabour History Review (2023)

‘Many Croydons: Labour’s Challenge in South London’, Mile End Institute Blog (2022)

‘Long marches, long revolutions’, red pepper (2022)

Review of S. Hannah, Radical Lambeth, 1978–1991, The London Journal (2021)

Review of R. Johnston, C. Pattie and D. Rossiter, Representative Democracy? Geography and the British Electoral System, Political Quarterly (2021)

Activist Streets’, History Workshop Online (2021)

Review of S. Peplow, Race and Riots in Thatcher’s Britain, Social History (2021)

Review of E. Smith and M. Worley (eds.), Waiting for the Revolution: The British far left from 1956, Journal of Contemporary History (2020)

Review of G. Ortolano, Thatcher’s Progress: from social democracy to market liberalism through an English new town, Social History (2020)


Conference and Public Events

Chair of panel, with Nadia Whittome MP, Prof. Madeleine Davis (QMUL), Dr. Mary Robertson (UWE Bristol), James Schneider, and Andrew Fisher, 'After Corbyn: What should 'the Left' do now?', Mile End Institute, 2 November 2022.

'Renewal or Revolution? Two trends in British political history, modern and contemporary,' Does British Political History have a future?Mile End Institute, 11 July 2022.

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



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2023

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