Professor Hawkins's research examines aspects of modern British politics, particularly the Victorian party system and constitutional change during that period. His publications have discussed the function of political parties, ideas of representation and voting behaviour. He is the author of a two-volume biography of the longest-serving Conservative party leader and three times British Prime Minister, the 14th Earl of Derby.
- Victorian politics
- Constitutional change
- Political parties
- Political coalitions
- Lord Derby, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the longest serving leader of the Conservative Party
Professor Hawkins has experience of working with the media.