Professor Michael Kenny

Director at Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor of Public Policy, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Director, Bennett Institute for Public Policy

He is currently a co-director of the British Academy’s “Governing England” programme as well as Visiting Fellow at UCL’s Constitution Unit and sits on the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Committee.Professor Michael Kenny is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He convenes and teaches on the MPhil in Public Policy, and is the Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, also based at POLIS. He was previously Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London, and the inaugural Director of the Mile End Institute.

His research interests are primarily in the fields of modern political thought, political ideologies and the role of ideas in public policy. He has also published work on the position of intellectuals in Britain; the history of political science in Anglo-America; the politics of nationhood in the UK; political reform; and the use of the ideas of civil society in international politics. His recent book, The Politics of Nationhood in England: (Oxford University Press, 2014); won the Political Studies Association’s ‘McKenzie’ prize for best book in political studies.

He has a BA from Cambridge, and an MA and PhD from the University of Manchester. Michael has also held positions at Queen’s University, Belfast; and the University of Sheffield, where he was Head of Politics.

  • 11 February 2020, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Sally Davies

    The 2020 CSaP Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government.

  • 26 June 2019, 9:30am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2019

    CSaP's Annual Conference will bring together members of our network from government, academia and elsewhere to discuss some of the policy challenges we have worked on over the past year.

  • In news articles

    Professor Michael Kenny mentioned in The Economist

    An article in the Economist includes CSaP's Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Michael Kenny, and his new book "The Politics of English Nationhood".

  • In news articles

    Professor Michael Kenny charts changing ideas of statecraft in the UK

    CSaP's second Visiting Research Fellow Professor Michael Kenny delivered a seminar based on his new book 'The Politics of English Nationhood'. In the talk, Kenny discussed what kind of statecraft was necessary and viable as the UK appears set on the course of evolution to a looser form of Union.