Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Steve Wharton

A social and cultural historian with particular interests in LGBT activism in Britain and France, and contemporary political communication

Steve Wharton

Senior Lecturer in French and Communication

Departmental Erasmus and Assistantships Director

1 West North 2.3

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In addition to my rôle as Departmental Erasmus and Assistantships Director, I am Co-Director of Routes into Languages South West, based at the University.

My teaching has been recognised through the Mary Tasker Award for Excellence in University Teaching, and my research places me as an acknowledged expert in contemporary social movements (LGBT activism in Britain and France) and a regular contributor to the media on issues of political communication. In addition to enhancing awareness of French propaganda of the Vichy period through academic and external engagement, I also have direct knowledge of the HE industrial relations landscape, including national negotiating machinery.

I work across the University at many levels, being a Life Member of the University Court and an elected member of both the University Council and Senate, and having served as Chair of Academic Assembly, Director of Undergraduate Programmes in PoLIS, and Director of Studies for Programmes in Modern Languages and European Studies as well as International Management and Modern Languages.

In February 2012 the French Government made me Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French Culture.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary social movements (LGBT activism in Britain and France)
  • Persuasion, propaganda and political marketing
  • The 'pink economy'


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