Eliane Glaser

Personal statement

Eliane Glaser is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, a BBC radio producer, and an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

She writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and Prospect.

Her book Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life was published by Fourth Estate in 2012. Her most recent book, Anti-Politics: On the Demonization of Ideology, Authority and the State was published in 2018.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Birkbeck, University of London
  • MA Queen Mary, University of London
  • BA St Edmund Hall, Oxford.


  • Writing and Politics
  • Non-Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Life-Writing.

Areas of expertise

  • Political writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Polemic and persuasion
  • Non-Fiction
  • Journalism.


I am a regular contributor to BBC radio programmes. In 2015, I presented two programmes on BBC Radio 4: an edition of Analysis on "Populism", and an edition of Four Thought on "The Progressive Case for Authority". I contribute regularly to programmes such as Free Thinking on Radio 3, as well as TV appearances for Sky and ITV.

I regularly speak at literary festivals including the Hay festival, How The Light Gets In, Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Open Book festival in Cape Town, Battle of Ideas, Jewish Book Week, and at the Royal Society of Arts.

I am the recipient of a Knowledge Exchange award from the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck. I’m also the recipient (2015) of a knowledge exchange award from Canterbury Christ Church University to organise a collaborative project exploring the persistence, meaning and effects of contemporary bureaucracy. In 2015 I organised and chaired a public event on bureaucracy at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

I am involved with a number of think thanks. I was on the Management Committee of Compass, a prominent progressive think tank, between 2015 and 2017. I am now an Associate of Compass, and contribute regularly to their publications and events. I have also contributed publications to the New Economics Foundation and the Institute for Public Policy Research.

I regularly organise conferences – on ideology, postpolitics, tolerance, and the meaning of the state; at Oxford, Birkbeck, and elsewhere.

I have given keynote lectures at the International Graduate Conference at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and twice at Central St Martins as part of their "Bigger Picture" lecture series. I have also recently spoken at a conference at Brighton University on "Complicity", at a panel at Kings College London on "Meritocracy", at a conference in Trieste about the politics of the internet, and at a conference at the University of Nottingham on "Ideology".

I was a Visiting Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, in 2017. I am on the advisory board of the politics and culture journal Soundings. I have judged the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

Research and academic outputs

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Elitism: a progressive defence

Glaser, E (2020) Elitism: a progressive defence. Biteback Publishing, London. ISBN 9781785906077

Anti-politics: on the demonization of ideology, authority and the State

Glaser, E (2018) Anti-politics: on the demonization of ideology, authority and the State. Repeater, London. ISBN 9781912248117

Get real: how to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life

Glaser, E (2012) Get real: how to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780007416820

The authenticity of hope

Glaser, E (2017) 'The authenticity of hope.' In: Perryman, M, ed. The Corbyn effect. Lawrence & Wishart, Dagenham, pp. 125-137. ISBN 9781912064687

Post-politics and the future of the left

Glaser, E (2015) 'Post-politics and the future of the left.' Juncture, 22 (1). pp. 23-31. ISSN 2050-5868

Beyond bullshit jobs

Glaser, E (2014) 'Beyond bullshit jobs.' Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 57. pp. 82-94.

If ideology is dead, how can the new politics find its voice?

Glaser, E (2014) If ideology is dead, how can the new politics find its voice? NEF Working Paper. pp. 4-17.

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