Dr Simon Reid-Henry

Dr Simon Reid-Henry is an award winning academic and writer. Simon is Reader in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

Simon’s current writing takes us to the heart of the twin crises of inequality and democracy. THE POLITICAL ORIGINS OF INEQUALITY was published by University of Chicago Press in December 2015, and EMPIRE OF DEMOCRACY will published by Simon and Schuster in 2019.

His two previous books were each published to critical acclaim. FIDEL AND CHE: A REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDSHIP (Sceptre, 2009) was described by The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine as “a lucid, pulsating study of not one but two huge figures” and was translated into seven languages. For the Journal of the American Medical Association, THE CUBAN CURE (Chicago University Press, 2010) “reads like a political thriller for intellectuals”.

Simon writes regularly for The Guardian and New Statesman and also contributes to The Economist, Intelligent Life, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, Delayed Gratification, Times Higher, and the London Review of Books. He has appeared, both as expert and as critic, on radio and television. He divides his time between London and Oslo.

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