Geoffrey Alderman

Geoffrey Alderman

Geoffrey Alderman

(born 10 February 1944, Middlesex, England) is a British historian, especially of the Jewish community in England in the 19th and 20th centuries, and also an academic, political adviser and award-winning journalist.Geoffrey Alderman studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford from 1962, gaining his B.A. in 1965 and an M.A. and D.Phil. in 1969. After academic contracts at University College London, and the universities of Swansea and Reading he joined Royal Holloway College (University of London) in 1972, lecturing in politics and contemporary history. In 1988, he became Professor of Politics and Contemporary History.

From 1989 to 1994 he held senior administrative posts in the University of London and from 1994 to 1999 in Middlesex University. From 1999 he has worked in the private instructional sector, in the United States (Touro College) and, from 2002 to 2006, at the American InterContinental University, London, where he was Academic Dean and Senior Vice-President. On 1 June 2007 Professor Alderman signed up with the University of Buckingham.

In 1971 he was chosen a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1991 a Fellow (now a Life Fellow) of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 2006 he was granted the degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Oxford for his vital work on Anglo-Jewish history.

In 2010 he was appointed a Visiting Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies.

At a wedding in London on 6 March 2011 Alderman was named as the winner of the Chaim Bermant Prize for Journalism 2011.


The Clove Club is delighted to announce that Professor Geoffrey Alderman has been appointed a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

The Agenda-Loyalty Oath-10-29-2010-(Part1)

From 4 minutes – Geoffrey Alderman

He describes himself as a non-traditional Orthodox Jew.

Naomi Alderman, Geoffrey Alderman’s little girl, was the author of the winning story of the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers with Disobedience.

He is likewise an occasional factor to Iran’s PressTV channel.

Alderman’s remarks in a post released in The Jewish Chronicle, drew criticism from some civil liberties groups as Alderman accused Islam of wasing established “in part, on a specific anti-Jewish discourse.”.

In the summer season of 2008, following his inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Buckingham, and criticisms of some aspects of UK greater education by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, a quick parliamentary query was undertaken into these accusations. At that query (17 July 2008) the chairman of the House of Commons’ Select Committee on Innovation, Skills and universities accused the Quality Assurance Agency of being “toothless” and proclaimed that the British degree classification system had “descended into farce”.

Principal publications

As author:

The History of Hackney Downs School (London, 1971)
The Railway Interest (Leicester University. Press, 1973) (Reprinted by Gregg Revivals, 1993)
British Elections: Myth and Reality (B.T.Batsford, 1978)
The Jewish Community in British Politics (Oxford University. Press, 1983)
Pressure Groups and Government in Great Britain (Longman, 1984; 2nd impression 1987)
Modern Britain 1700–1983: A Domestic History (Croom Helm 1986; reprinted 1987)
The Federation of Synagogues, 1887–1987 (Federation of Synagogues, 1987)
London Jewry and London Politics 1889–1986 (Routledge, 1989)
Britain: A One-Party State? (Christopher Helm, 1989)
Modern British Jewry (Oxford University Press, 1992; 2nd edn 1998)
Controversy and Crisis: Studies in the History of the Jews in Modern Britain (Academic Studies Press, 2008)
The Communal Gadfly (Academic Studies Press, 2009)
Hackney Downs 1876–1995: The Life and Death of a School (2012)

as editor:

Governments, Ethnic Groups and Political Representation (editor and contributor) (European Science Foundation and Dartmouth Publishing, Aldershot, 1993)
Outsiders and Outcasts: Essays in Honour of William J. Fishman (joint editor with C. Holmes, and contributor) (Duckworth, London, 1993)
New Directions in Anglo-Jewish History (Academic Studies Press, 2010)

other works:

The History of the Hendon Synagogue 1928–1978 (London, 1978)
The Jewish Vote in Great Britain since 1945 (University of Strathclyde Studies in Public Policy No. 72, 1980)
The Jewish Shops Panel: A Guide for Jewish Market Traders (written with G. Hudes, Scott Markets Ltd., 1981)
Anglo-Jewry: A Suitable Case For Treatment (privately published, 1990) [Inaugural Lecture delivered 17 October 1989]
Academic Duty and Communal Obligation: Some Thoughts on the writing of Anglo-Jewish History (Centre for Jewish Studies, University of London, 1994)
The Holocaust: Why Did Anglo-Jewry Stand Idly By? (Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College, New York, 2001)