Professor of Political Theory
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My first degree was in Politics with French, from the University of Warwick. I remained at Warwick for my doctoral studies, where my research focused on eighteenth and nineteenth century theories of property. After leaving Warwick, I worked first at the University of Wolverhampton, before leaving to join the Politics Department at Queen’s University, Belfast. I have also taught at Leicester University, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2005 I joined the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough as a Senior Lecturer in Politics. I was promoted to Professor of Political Theory in 2007. In 2009 I was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Outside of the University, I have served as Honorary Secretary of the Political Studies Association of the UK (1998-2000), been a member of its Executive Committee twice (1996-2000, 2008-2009), and also served on the inaugural Executive Committee of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought (2008-2011). I also am or have been a member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Political Theory, thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture, and Social Movement Studies. I am currently one of the editors of Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, as well as a Review Editor for the APSA-sponsored eight-volume project, the Encyclopaedia of Political Thought to be published shortly by Wiley-Blackwell. From September 2013 to September 2016 I will be on research leave, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.
Although my initial training was in the history of political thought, nowadays my primary research interests are in the areas of contemporary political and social thought, and feminist and gender theory. In addition to articles in Hypatia, Theory, Culture and Society, Contemporary Political Theory, the Women's Philosophy Review, Economy and Society, Feminist Theory, New Formations, Journal of Gender Studies, Review of International Studies and Constellations, I have published six books, including most recently two monographs and an edited volume. The first, Beyond Identity Politics (Sage, 2005), explores the implications for feminist politics of the ‘turn’ to poststructuralism that marked debates in the 1980s and 1990s. The second, Judith Butler: from norms to politics (Polity, 2007), was the first book to explore the political theory of the American philosopher and gender theorist, Judith Butler. These volumes have been reviewed widely in journals such as the International Feminist Journal of Politics, The Canadian Review of Sociology, Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Feminist Studies, Sociology and Gender and Society. The Politics of Radical Democracy (EUP, 2009), co-edited with Adrian Little, is an exploration of current thinking in the area of radical democracy.
I am presently engaged in two research projects. The first is an edited volume for Edinburgh University Press, entitled Butler and Ethics. The second is a research project, supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, entitled Who Counts? The Political Problem of the ‘Human’. You can read more about the project in the Trust’s Annual Review for 2012.
Selected publications (since 2005)
Books - Authored
- Judith Butler: From Norms to Politics (Cambridge, Polity, 2007).
- Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power and Politics (London, Sage, 2005).
Books - Edited
- Butler and Ethics (Edinburgh, EUP, forthcoming 2014)
- With Adrian Little (eds.) The Politics of Radical Democracy(Edinburgh, EUP, 2009).
- Heteronormativity and/as Violence: The "Sexing" of Gwen Araujo, Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, (Early view, pp.e1-e18, 2012).
- Radical Democratic Activism and the Politics of Resignification, Constellations, 2007, 14(1), pp.129-146.
- (Women's) Human Rights: Paradoxes and Possibilities, Review of International Studies, 2007, 33(1), pp.91-103.
- ‘The End of Ideology’, in Vincent Geoghegan and Rick Wilford eds, Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 4th Edition (London, Taylor and Francis, forthcoming 2014)
- ‘Power, politics, domination and oppression’ in Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola and Laurel Weldon eds, Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (New York, OUP, 2013)
- ‘Judith Butler’ in George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky eds, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists (Oxford, Blackwell, 2011).
- ‘From Linguistic Performativity to Social Performance: The Development of a Concept’ in Gerard Delanty and Stephen Turner eds, Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory(London and New York, Routledge, 2011)
- ‘Hate, Loathing and Political Theory: Thinking With and Against William Connolly’ in Alan Finlayson ed., Democracy and Pluralism: The Political Thought of William E. Connolly (London and New York, Routledge, 2009).
- ‘Towards a Cultural Politics of Vulnerability: precarious lives and ungrievable deaths’, in Terrell Carver and Samuel Chambers eds, Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters (London, Routledge, 2008).