Tim Stanley

Timothy Randolph Stanley (born 1982)[citation needed] is a British journalist and historian.

Tim Stanley
Timothy Randolph Stanley

(1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 39)
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
EducationThe Judd School
Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, MPhil, PhD)
  • Writer
  • journalist
  • lecturer
  • broadcaster
Years active2006–present

Early life

Stanley was educated at The Judd School, a grammar school in Tonbridge, Kent. He then attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied modern history.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (later promoted to MA (Cantab) as per tradition), a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. His doctoral thesis was on Edward M. Kennedy's role in the US Democratic Party in the 1980s, which was published in 2010 as his first solo book, Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul.

At Cambridge he was active in student journalism, contributing to student newspaper Varsity. Stanley also unsuccessfully ran for a sabbatical post on Cambridge University Students' Union, standing in 2007 for Welfare Officer. His manifesto consisted of a handwritten note simply reading "This is hand written because I was too drunk to write a manifesto. There is no better testament to my character."[1]

Academic career

Stanley held lectureships at the University of Sussex in 2008–09 and Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2009–11, and from 2011 to 2012 he was an associate member of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. He is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Grant.[2]

In November 2011, he organised a conference called History: What is it good for?,[3] which generated some controversy after one of the speakers, David Starkey, said that the national curriculum in British schools overlooks British culture.[4]


Stanley is a columnist and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph,[5] and regular contributor to CNN.[6] He reports on American politics and culture, including the 2016 election campaigns. He contributes to History Today,[7] and Literary Review[8] and has written pieces for The Guardian[9] and The Spectator.[10]

He wrote and presented a documentary for the BBC entitled Family Guys? What Sitcoms Say About America Now, which was broadcast in October 2012.[11] He is also an occasional pundit on BBC News, CNBC, Sky News and Channel 4 News.

Stanley has presented Radio 4's Thought for the Day,[12] is a contributor on The Moral Maze[13] and has appeared several times on the panel of BBC's Question Time.[14]


Stanley joined the Labour Party at the age of 15.[citation needed] He was Chair of Cambridge University Labour Club in 2003–04, and stood as the Labour candidate for his home constituency of Sevenoaks at the 2005 general election, where he came third. He has since distanced himself from the Labour Party,[15] and has been arguing in support of the US Republican Party.[16][17] In the 2017 general election, Stanley allied himself with the Conservative Party and voted for them for the first time.[18]

Stanley was a strong supporter of Britain's campaign to leave the European Union.

Personal life

In October 2012, Stanley stated he was "raised a good Baptist boy".[19]

Later, he considered himself to be an Anglican, beginning around "one glorious summer" in 2002, and was baptised as an Anglican in Little St. Mary's, Cambridge, in New Year 2003. He subsequently aligned himself with the Church of England's Anglo-Catholic wing,[20] before converting to the Catholic Church at age 23.[21]


  • Timothy Stanley and Alexander Lee, The End of Politics: Realignment and the Battle for the Centre Ground (London: Politico's, London, 2006) ISBN 9781842751749
  • Timothy Stanley, Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2010) ISBN 9780700617029
  • Timothy Stanley, The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan (New York: Thomas Dunne, 2012) ISBN 9780312581749
  • Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley (eds.), Making Sense of American Liberalism (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2012) ISBN 9780252036866
  • Timothy Stanley, Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2014) ISBN 9781250032492


  1. Wood, Peter (8 March 2007). "A history of electioneering apathy" (PDF). The Cambridge Student. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  2. Stanley, Tim (October 2011). "The Contrarian: History Predicts A Riot". HistoryToday.com. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  3. "TheFutureofHistory.org". Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  4. "David Starkey in new row over 'mono-culture' comments". The Daily Telegraph. London. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  5. "Tim Stanley at Telegraph Blogs". London: The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 16 April 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  6. Stanley, Timothy. "On tour abroad, Trump does what Obama should have".
  7. "Tim Stanley at History Today". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  8. "Literary Review – For People Who Devour Books". Literary Review.
  9. "Tim Stanley at The Guardian". London: The Guardian. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  10. "Tim Stanley at The Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  11. Stanley, Tim (26 October 2012). "What sitcoms say about American voters". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  12. "BBC Radio 4 – Thought for the Day, Tim Stanley – 11/07/17". BBC.
  13. "BBC Radio 4 – Moral Maze, Morality and Gender Equality". BBC.
  14. "BBC One – Question Time, 10/03/2016". BBC.
  15. Stanley, Timothy. "Tim Stanley, history and politics". Archived from the original on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  16. "Dan Hodges and Tim Stanley debate: Barack Obama and the mendacity of hope". The Daily Telegraph. London. 6 November 2012. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012.
  17. "Dan Hodges and Tim Stanley debate: If I weren't a godless Obamaniac, Tim might have got me backing Romney". The Daily Telegraph. London. 6 November 2012. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012.
  18. "Why I'm voting Tory for the first time ever". The Spectator. London. 7 June 2017.
  19. Stanley, Tim (10 October 2012). "Romney is finally ahead in national polls. Watch the liberals cry tears of unfathomable sadness". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  20. Stanley, Tim. "Rowan Williams failed because his leadership was as schizophrenic as his church". timstanley.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  21. Stanley, Tim. "The Catholic Church could do with a shot of Santorum's zeal". timstanley.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2012.