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Alex Riggs

History, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Democratic Party Presidential Primary Campaigns and the Left, 1980-1988

Research Area

  • History


'Book Review: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party', Midlands Historical Review, 4 (2020), http://www.midlandshistoricalreview.com/the-fight-for-the-soul-of-the-democratic-party/ 



''Moving Vigorously to the Left, the Right and the Centre, all at the same time?': Making Sense of Late Twentieth-Century American Politics', History Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminars, 10 March 2021, University of Nottingham (online). 


'The Uses of Comparative History'- History Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminars, 12 February 2020, University of Nottingham.

'Conflict and Consensus in 1980s America'- Contemporary Political History Seminar Series, 3 December 2020, University of Nottingham (online). 


''Part-time Athlete, Full-Time Serious Thinker': Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arthur Ashe in the 'long 1970s''- East Midlands Centre for Learning and Teaching History in Higher Education: Undergraduate Dissertation Showcase, 7 June 2019, University of Derby.

Public Engagement & Impact

I co-founded The Contemporary Political History Seminar series with fellow PGRs in History and Politics at the University of Nottingham in October 2020. Since then, I have been a co-organiser of the series. 

I have been an assistant editor of the Midlands Historical Review, a student-run online journal, since February 2021. 

Other Research Interests

  • Twentieth-Century American History
  • History of Sport
  • African-American History
  • Comparative History


Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

Political Studies Association (PSA) 

Awards and Grants


I was awarded £200 as part of the Sport in History Undergraduate Essay Prize from the British Society of Sports History in November 2019. 

Training and Professional Development


Assistant Editor- Midlands Historical Review (February 2021-) 


Co-organiser- Contemporary Political History Seminars (October 2020-)


Starting Out as a Researcher- University of Nottingham Researcher Academy (October 2020)

Understanding your Research Degree- University of Nottingham Researcher Academy (February 2021)