Matthew Hilton was educated at Lancaster University. He joined the University of Birmingham in 1997 and is currently Professor of Social History in the College of Arts and Law. From September 2011 was appointed Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer.
Matthew’s teaching and research interests lie in twentieth-century British history and in globalization since the Second World War. He has published extensively on many aspects of the history of consumer society and is currently engaged on a project to assess the social and political roles of non-governmental organisations. He is particularly interested in the importance of the arts and social sciences to the modern university.
He has been an elected member of Senate since 2008 and was elected to Council by the academic members of the Senate in February 2009.