Simon Hix

Pro-Director (Research)

Professor Simon Hix


Professor Simon Hix is the new Pro-Director(Research).

Simon was undergraduate and a masters student at the School, and was awarded a BSc(Econ) in Government and History in 1990 and an MSc(Econ) in West European Politics in 1992.  He then went on to study for a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.  After periods in Brussels and then Washington, DC, Simon took his first academic position at Brunel University in 1996 and a Lectureship at LSE in 1997.  He was promoted to Professor in 2005 and then became the inaugural Harold Laski Professor of Political Science in 2015. 

Simon is one of the leading researchers, teachers, and commentators on European and comparative politics in the UK.  He has published over 100 books and articles and has won several prestigious prizes and fellowships for his research, including from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the American Political Science Association, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.  He is also a prize-winning teacher, and continues to teach “Introduction to Political Science” to over 300 first-year undergraduate students.

Simon regularly gives evidence to committees in the UK House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as in the European Parliament.  He has held visiting professor positions at Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, Sciences Po in Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Korean Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul.  In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of the UK's membership of the EU, named Simon in their list of “the 40 most influential Brits on EU policy”.  Simon is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chairman of (an NGO in Brussels that tracks voting in the European Parliament and EU Council), and Associate Editor of the journal European Union Politics.

To get in touch with Simon, please contact his Executive Assistant Alice Beneyto, on or 020 7955 6656