Andrew C. Thompson, MA, MPhil, PhD. Senior Tutor
I became Senior Tutor of Queens' in March 2021. I have overall responsibility for the academic and welfare provision within Queens'. I have a strong interest in ensuring that all our students can thrive within Queens'. My vision for the college is to build a community that is open, outward-looking, and sustainable. As well as taking a general overview of teaching within college, I also enjoy supervising history students. I think that feedback is important to help students make good progress and encourage students at all levels to engage fully with the many opportunities that Cambridge provides, as well as seeing themselves as active learners and critical participants in the learning process.
I’d recommend that potential applicants for history read as broadly as possible. There are some excellent resources on the History Faculty website here: http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate-study Also think about listening to some of the podcasts on historical topics here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2Dw1c7rxs6DmyK0pMRwpMq1/in-our-time-archive
I have worked on various aspects of eighteenth-century history. My M.Phil. looked at the growth of the public sphere and ways in which religious dissenters were able to make use of new media forms to press their claims for political recognition. My Ph.D. considered how Britons and Hanoverians conceptualised foreign policy and the workings of the European states system in the early eighteenth century, arguing that religious ideas were important for creating a sense of common cause. Since then I have worked on the Hanoverian monarchy, writing the first biography of George II to make extensive use of British and German material, eighteenth-century court culture. I am currently editing a companion to Dissent in the long eighteenth century.
In the Faculty of History I am a Newton Trust affiliated lecturer. I give lectures for Part I courses as part of papers 5 and 17 (British political history 1688-1886 and European history 1715-1890 respectively). I also supervise part II dissertations and have supervised several MPhil students, as well as contributing to MPhil options on the eighteenth century. I currently have six PhD students.