Background and activities


I am an Associate Professor of British Social and Cultural Studies in the Department of Language and Literature. I grew up in Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England and I completed most of my education in the United Kingdom. I hold a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. I am also a proud graduate of the University of Vienna Sommerhochschule (SHS) in International and European Studies.


I contribute to the Cultural History component of the English degree programmes at NTNU. I have taught various undergraduate courses on different aspects of modern British history since 2011, but I now teach the MA course, ENG3450 History, Society, and Culture, on Britain in the 1980s.

I am interested in supervising MA theses on most aspects of modern British political, social, and cultural history.

Academic Interests

  • Conservative Party politics and political thought (late 19th century to the present)
  • Genres of Political Writing in Britain since 1900
  • Britain's Relationship with Scandinavia and Europe
  • Thatcherism and British Society in the 1980s

Externally-Funded Research Projects

  • I am the Principal Investigator and project leader of a major comparative and transnational history project, which explores the history of British and Scandinavian Conservative Parties from the 1930s to the 1980s. The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO 'Young Research Talents' scheme) and the research group's webpage can be found here:
  • I am also Co-investigator with Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter) on the project 'Genres of Political Writing in Britain since 1900', which is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Networking Grant for 2020-21.

Forthcoming Publications

I have recently completed two new journal articles on Conservative political thought in the 1940s.

The first article entitled 'Making a "New Conservatism": The Tory Reform Committee and Design for Freedom, 1942-49' has been accepted for publication in English Historical Review and will be published in 2020.

The second article entitled '"Real Toryism" or Christian Democracy? The Political Thought of Douglas Jerrold and Charles Petrie at the New English Review, 1945-50' has been accepted for publication in Historical Research.

PhD Students

  • Terje Grytbak Wold, 'The Influence of Foreign Ideas on the Norwegian Conservative Party, 1930-1963'.
  • Elisabeth Stennes Skaar, 'The Great Balancing Act: Britain, South Africa and the Namibia Question, 1974-1990' (Primary Supervisor: Michael J. Geary).

Fellowships, and Awards

  • Member of NTNU's 'Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme', 2017-2021:
  • Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and Visiting By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, 2017-2018.
  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, USA, 2017-2018. The fellowship is supported by the Ben Bradlee Fellowship in Journalism.
  • Nominated for 'The Year's Best Teacher Award' by the students at the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU, 2016.
  • Churchill Archives By-Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, 2014.
  • Winner of the George L. Mosse Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Contemporary History by a previously unpublished author, 2007.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Love, Gary. (2010) Conservatives, National Politics, and the Challenge to Democracy in Britain, 1931-37 / degree conferred on 23 July 2011. 2010.


  • Love, Gary. (2019) 'Hvem skal inn? Dette er deres største svakheter og styrker'. Aftenposten (Oslo) [Avis]. 2019-06-22.
  • Love, Gary. (2019) 'Til tross for et knusende nederlag klamrer May seg til makten. Hvorfor?', Aftenposten. Aftenposten, Oslo [Avis]. 2019-01-16.
  • Love, Gary. (2018) ‘Ambisiøs og standhaftig: Slik er statsministeren som tåler den ene ydmykelsen etter den andre’, Aftenposten. Oslo [Avis]. 2018-12-14.
  • Love, Gary. (2017) May kan bli vraket selv om hun vinner valget: Storbritannias statsminister Theresa May risikerer å bli erstattet som partileder på sikt, dersom hun ikke gjør et brakvalg, tror ekspert, Nettavisen. Online [Avis]. 2017-06-07.
  • Love, Gary. (2017) Valget blir uansett ydmykende for Theresa May, NRK Nyheter (Urix). Oslo, NRK Nyheter (Urix) [Internett]. 2017-06-07.
  • Love, Gary. (2017) Valget i Storbritannia: Dette tenker briter i Trondheim om valget, Adressa. Trondheim, Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2017-06-07.
  • Love, Gary. (2017) Vil terroren mobilisere de unge eller eldre ved valget torsdag?. Adresseavisen, Trondheim [Avis]. 2017-06-04.
  • Love, Gary. (2016) Interviewed about Brexit for NRK Radio P1 Norgesglasset. Trondheim [Radio]. 2016-06-24.
  • Love, Gary. (2016) Interviewed for the article '14 medlemmer har trukket seg fra Corbyns skyggeregjering: - Jeg har aldri sett sånt kaos. Det går mot nasjonal krise', Aftenposten. Oslo [Avis]. 2016-06-26.
  • Love, Gary. (2016) Interviewed for the article 'Brexit kan endre Storbritannia' in Adressa. Trondheim [Avis]. 2016-06-24.
  • Love, Gary. (2015) 'Problematisk å delegere ansvar for eksamensevaluering til eksterne sensorer', null [Avis]. 2015-02-14.
  • Love, Gary. (2015) Recorded interview about modern Britain for the NRK P2 programme Kulturhuset. Oslo [Radio]. 2015-05-06.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'En av Storbritannias aller største ledere. Forsker om Thatcher: En kontroversiell figur', VG. Oslo [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) Interview about Britain in the 1930s and the film The King's Speech for the NRK P3 radio programme 'Hallo P3'. Oslo [Radio]. 2013-05-15.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'Margaret Thatcher er død', Aftenbladet. Stavanger [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'Margareth Thatcher (87) er død', Aftenposten. Oslo [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) Radio interview on the question of Scottish Independence. Bergen [Radio]. 2013-02-13.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'Thatcher forandret Storbritannia', Adressa. Trondheim [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'Thatcher forandret Storbritannia', Nettavisen. Oslo [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2013) 'Thatcher forandret Storbritannia: Få andre britiske statsministre har forårsaket større politiske omveltninger enn Margaret Thatcher, mener forsker Gary Love ved NTNU',Fædrelandsvennen. Kristiansand [Avis]. 2013-04-08.
  • Love, Gary. (2011) 'Opptøyene sjokkerer briter', Trondheim [Avis]. 2011-08-09.