Professor David Coates (1946-2018)

It is with great sadness that we must report that Professor David Coates passed away yesterday after a short illness.  He was 71 years old.

David had held the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1999, having previously been a professor at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester.  His work on British and American politics and political economy has been voluminous over a period of many years and is set out in full on his website at

David was a great friend of SPERI.  He blogged regularly on SPERI Comment and attended several SPERI conferences and workshops.  He also drew on SPERI research in much of his later writing.  His last visit to SPERI took place on 14 May this year when he spoke engagingly and optimistically about the challenges facing progressive politics at the launch of his latest major study, entitled Flawed Capitalism: The Anglo-American Condition and its Resolution (Agenda Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2018).

Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, Eileen, and all the members of his Anglo-American family.