Dr. James Noyes is a political advisor based in London.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Social Market Foundation, a former advisor and speech-writer to Tom Watson MP, ex-Deputy Leader of the British Labour Party, and is an honorary fellow of both UCL Culture at University College London and the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on the networks between citizens and states, culture and markets.
James grew up in Norfolk in the East of England. He was educated at Norwich School and the University of Cambridge, where he was both an undergraduate and doctoral student at Christ’s College. His research at Christ's was awarded the Lloyd Studentship for History.
After his PhD, James taught for several years at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in France. He is the author of several think tank reports on subjects including soft power, public health and gambling reform.
James is the author of a 2016 book, The Politics of Iconoclasm, an account of state formation and the destruction of cultural heritage that has been described by reviewers, including the Times Literary Supplement, as a “fearless narrative” and "landmark publication".
In late 2016, James was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Global Mayors Conference in Florence, Italy.
James' work has featured in media outlets across the world.
His articles have been published in the Guardian, the New Statesman and Prospect, and his ideas have featured on the BBC and Sky News in the UK, Vox and American Conservative in the USA and in European broadsheets like Tages Anzeiger and Svenska Dagbladet.
To read a selection of his work, click here.
The Politics of Iconoclasm
(London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016)
Why do people destroy cultural heritage?
This book tells the story of iconoclasm. It is a work of history spanning two continents and stretching over six centuries. From the cities of Saudi Arabia to the cathedrals of rural France, from the canals of Venice to the sniper alleys of Sarajevo, James Noyes connects the ancient tradition of cultural destruction to the rise of modern politics.
Here is what people are saying about The Politics of Iconoclasm:
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT"Impressive… A crucial contribution to the body of recent landmark publications in the field."
CARLOS EIRE (YALE UNIVERSITY)"A fearless narrative… An impressive display of ambition and erudition."
TALAL ASAD (CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)"Original and thought-provoking … A remarkably suggestive book."
MARK JUERGENSMEYER (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA)"This erudite, interesting, and highly readable book … will be much discussed: it will impress both historians and policy-makers."
CHRISTOPHER COKER (LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)"Powerful, profound and deeply disturbing."
You can contact James Noyes by sending an email to:
james [at] jamesnoyes [dot] co [dot] uk
James is not on social media. He keeps an online diary, which can be found here.