Acting Senior Tutor
Dr James Wood
Dr James Wood is Acting Senior Tutor for Michaelmas 2022 and Lent 2023 while Dr Clare Jackson is on sabbatical leave.
A Staff Fellow in Politics and Director of Studies in History & Politics and HSPS at Trinity Hall, Dr Wood is also a Teaching Associate in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).
His route into academia was “non-traditional”: whilst working at one of the largest mortgage joint ventures in the United States, Dr Wood took evening classes at Los Angeles Valley College before returning to the United Kingdom to complete an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Sussex. He then obtained an MA (2014) and PhD (2017) in International Political Economy from King’s College London. Dr Wood has also held visiting positions at Copenhagen Business School and King’s College London.
Focussing on a comparative political economy account of how institutional changes of economic policymaking are legitimised to the voting public, Dr Wood’s work places a particular focus on the UK, the US, Denmark and Germany. This research is conducted in two streams. The first examines how political actors construct crisis narratives in their communications to motivate changes of economic policy. The second looks at the role homeownership, house prices and household debt plays in generating voter support for broader changes in policymaking. Dr Wood has also published on the distributional consequences of household debt, particularly how it contributes to rising inequality in the US and UK, but not other countries. His research has been published in notable journals, including New Political Economy, The Review of International Political Economy, The Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Spaces, as well as The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
Dr Wood has taught across various papers at Cambridge, including: The Modern State and It’s Alternatives; Comparative Politics; The Comparative Political Economy of the US and the UK; Comparative Political Economy; Global Political Economy; and Advanced Political Analysis. He won the Department of POLIS’s ‘Supervisor of the Year’ award in 2019.
Having a broad academic experience informs his work as Acting Senior Tutor, and he is committed to supporting Trinity Hall’s diverse and inclusive academic community.