Sam Wetherell

Sam Wetherell

Lecturer in Discipline in British History

515A Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-0165


Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, 2016
B.A. – Oxford University, 2008

Interests and Research

Sam Wetherell specializes in the nineteenth and twentieth century history of cities and the built environment in Britain. He has also written on the unmaking of national economies in the postwar period in Britain, Ireland and Hong Kong and on community arts in London in the 1970s and 1980s. He is working to turn his dissertation into a book about the urban and infrastructural roots of British twentieth century political change.


  • Cities in Britain, its Empire and the World


  • Duncan Tanner Prize for best graduate submission to Twentieth Century British History, 2015.
  • Kirk Underhill Fellowship: Grant of $30,000 awarded by the Anglo American studies program at the Berkeley Institute for Government Studies.
  • Alan Sharlin Memorial Fellowship: Grant of $10,000 awarded by the Berkeley Institute of International Studies.

Selected Publications

    “Freedom Planned: The Enterprise Zone and Urban Non-Planning in Post-War Britain”, Twentieth Century British History vol. 27 (2), 2016.

    “Painting the Crisis: Community Arts and the search for the ‘ordinary’ in 1970s and 80s London”, History Workshop Journal, no. 76 (1), 2013.