Simon Newman is the Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught since 1997.
Having received a first degree in American Studies from Nottingham, Professor Newman then took master's degrees at the University of Wisconsin and Princeton University, and he received his PhD from Princeton in 1991. He then taught at Northern Illinois University for six years, before returning to Britain to take up a post at Glasgow.
Professor Newman is a leading expert on the history of eighteenth century America, with particular reference to the American Revolution, popular politics, and the history of slavery. He has published eight books on such diverse topics as popular politics in post-revolutionary America, the lives of the poor in late-eighteenth century Philadelphia, and the origins and early development of plantation slavery. His numerous essays and articles include a number of works exploring British understandings of American history in general, and the American Revolution in particular, and he has lectured on 'The Special Relationship' on board of all of Cunard's trans-Atlantic ocean liners.
Professor Newman has received a large number of fellowships and research awards from such bodies as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and he has chaired the British Association for American Studies.