Alexandre Christoyannopoulos BA, MA, PhD, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Alex is officially French and Greek, grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997, so he feels like a foreigner everywhere.
Between 1997 and 2008, he completed his academic studies at the University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). The only interruption was an internship at the European Commission.
Between January 2005 and 2010, he taught on a broad variety of modules in half a dozen departments both at Kent and (from 2008) at Canterbury Christ Church University. In 2010, he joined the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough.
He still cannot decide whether his main discipline is political thought, religion and politics, anarchist studies, international relations or political theology. There may be others. He publishes and teaches in those areas among others (see below).
He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovations and publishes top essays from his students, as well as some lecture notes, on Socratic Hive.
He currently acts as Programme Director for Politics and International Relations and treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network.
He is fluent in French and English, reasonably fluent in Greek, understands (even if he pretends not to) Spanish and Portuguese, and has studied (and hopes to continue trying to learn) Arabic.
Alex has published on Tolstoy and Christian anarchism in particular, but his broader research interests include:
- religious (especially Christian) anarchism and pacifism;
- Leo Tolstoy's political thought;
- anarchist and anarcho-pacifist theory;
- religion and politics (national and international);
- political violence and non-violence;
- more generally: political and ethical theory, international political thought, and political theology.
Feel free to contact him to discuss potential research projects and research supervision on any of these themes.
He is also interested in ideas, projects or experience on how to best combine open-access publishing (especially if accompanied by hard-copy availability) with academic rigour (peer-review). He is currently editing a book embracing those principles, and several of his academic publications are openly/freely accessible online (see publications).
Alex has taught on numerous different modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A full list is available on https://sites.google.com/site/christoyannopoulos/teaching. At Loughborough, he has developed a final year module on ‘Politics and Religion’, and taught and developed or significantly redeveloped a final year module on ‘State, Violence and Terrorism’, a postgraduate module on ‘Protest and Resistance’, a postgraduate module on ‘International Politics: Issues and Policies’, as well as the first year ‘Contemporary World Arena’ and ‘Introduction to Academic Studies’ modules.
The aim of this final-year module is to develop a better understanding of terrorism and political violence by examining a variety of past and present case studies, and by discussing definitions of terrorism, causes of political violence, and the roles played by the state and the media in connection to it.
(ed.), Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009
Edited: Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos
This edited book brings together the contributions to the "Religious Anarchism" panels at the first Anarchist Studies Network (part of the Political Studies Association) conference held in September 2008 at the University of Loughborough.
A Political Commentary on the Gospel
Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010
“Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as “secular” anarchism. The existing literature cites Leo Tolstoy as its most famous (sometimes even as the only) proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement."
Anarchism and Religion
Anarchism and Religion (2017)
Stockholm University Press
Edited by: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Matthew Adams
The first pioneering volume of Essays in Anarchism & Religion comprises eight essays from leading international scholars on topics ranging from the anarchism of the historical Jesus to Zen Buddhism and the philosophies of Max Stirner and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.
A selection of these is listed below.
- Leo Tolstoy's Political Thought (Routledge, forthcoming).
- (ed.), Essays in Anarchism and Religion: Volume I, edited with Matthew S. Adams (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2017).
- Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010). [Click here for more information.]
- (ed.), Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). [Click here for more information.]
- "Leo Tolstoy’s Anticlericalism in Its Context and Beyond: A Case against Churches and Clerics, Religious and Secular", Religions 7/5 (May 2016): 59.
- "'Bethink Yourselves or You Will Perish': Leo Tolstoy's Voice a Centenary after His Death", Anarchist Studies, 18/2 (Autumn 2010): 11-18.
- "Jesus Christ against the Westphalian Leviathans: A Christian Anarchist Critique of Our Coercive, Idolatrous and Unchristian International Order", Global Discourse 1/2 (2010): online.
- "Leo Tolstoy on the State: A Detailed Picture of Tolstoy's Denunciation of State Violence and Deception", Anarchist Studies 16/1 (Spring 2008) 20-47.
- "Turning the Other Cheek to Terrorism: Reflections on the Contemporary Significance of Leo Tolstoy's Exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount", Politics and Religion 1/1 (April 2008): 27-54.
- "Love, Justice, and Social Eschatology", co-authored with Joseph Milne, The Heythrop Journal 48/6 (November 2007): 972-991.
Chapters/entries in edited volume
- "Anarchism and Religion", co-authored with Lara Apps, in Brill's Companion to Anarchism and Philosophy, edited by Nathan Jun (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 120-151.
- "The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy's Postsecular International Thought", Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power, edited by Luca Mavelli and Fabio Petito (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 81-102.
- "Christian Anarchism: A Revolutionary Reading of the Bible", New Perspectives on Anarchism, part of the Out Sources: Philosophy, Culture, Politics series, edited by Nathan Jun and Shane Wahl (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2010), 149-167.
- "Responding to the State: Christian Anarchists on Romans 13, Rendering to Caesar, and Civil Disobedience", Religious Anarchism, New Perspectives, edited by Alexandre J. M. E. Christoyannopoulos (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009), 106-144.
For a detailed list of publications (including translations into 7 languages), many of which are openly accessible online and some of which have been translated into other languages, visit the link below: