Sam Hyde works on the history of political and popular cultures during the modern era. His principle research interests are social movements, media, and political communication (particularly cartoons and print satire).
Between 2000 and 2005 he worked for the Department of Western Manuscripts and Special Collections at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford – contributing to cataloguing projects, exhibitions, and digital history resources. Since 2005 he has held teaching positions in British and continental European history at the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, and Liverpool Hope University.
From 2014 to 2015 he worked as Project Officer on the Punch Contributor Ledgers project at Liverpool John Moores University; and spent time as visiting Erasmus lecturer at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Labour History.
His publications include ‘Political cartooning before the Law: ‘Black Friday’, J.H. Thomas, and the ‘Communist’ libel trial of 1921′, Contemporary British History, 25, 4 (2011). He is presently completing a monograph, Political Cartooning and the British Left, 1881-1939, due for publication in 2016. It examines the role of socialist and labour activists in the formative development of newspaper cartooning; and its position within the culture of modern politics. This work is partly based on his PhD thesis (University of Liverpool, 2009/10).