David Vincent
emeritus professor of social history, The Open University; honorary professor of history, Keele University; author, Privacy. A Short History

David Vincent was an undergraduate at the University of York and gained a PhD at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. He became lecturer in History at Keele University in 1974, leaving as professor of social history and deputy vice chancellor in 2003 to take up the post of pro vice chancellor (strategy and external affairs) at The Open University. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Now emeritus professor in history, he was a full-time member of the history department between 2010 and 2014. He was a visiting fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford 2004-11, and of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Michaelmas Term 2015.  He was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, 2015-2017. He is currently an honorary professor of history at Keele University.

David is the author or editor of 17 books. His most recent books are: I hope I Don’t Intrude. Privacy and its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Privacy. A Short History (Polity Press, Cambridge, 2016). He has written on the historical context of the current controversies over government surveillance, including ‘Surveillance, Privacy and History’, History and Policy October 2013. Read this online, and has recently given papers on ‘Privacy and the Liberal State’ and on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill for the Technology and Democracy Project at CRASSH, Cambridge.

His next major book, Solitude. A History will be published by Polity Press in 2019.


Saturday 12 October, 15:15 The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY
Whose home is it anyway?

Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Garden Room
From domestics to banter: is anything private anymore?