Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Politics, History and International Relations

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Ruth Kinna

Ruth Kinna

Professor of Political Theory
BA, DPhil

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651


My interests extend from late nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialism to contemporary radical thought, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. I have published two books (William Morris: The Art of Socialism, 2000 and A Beginner's Guide to Anarchism, 2005; 2009) and edited edited two other collections (Early Writings on Terrorism, 2006 and The Continuum Companion to Anarchism, 2012, paperback edition, 2014). I am co-editor with Laurence Davis of Anarchism and Utopianism (2009) and with Alex Prichard, Saku Pinta and David Berry, Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red (2012). My work has been published a range of major journals in the history of ideas including the History of Political Thought, Journal of Political Ideologies, History of European Ideas, European Journal of Political Theory and the International Review of Social History.

I am currently preparing a book-length study of Peter Kropotkin’s political thought for Edinburgh University Press, and working on a project, ‘Anarchism and non-domination’, with Alex Prichard, Exeter University.

You can access my work via the Loughborough Institutional Repository or ResearchGate

Continuum Companion to Anarchism‌       Anarchism - Ruth Kinna‌      Anarchism (2009) - Ruth Kinna‌ ‌      ANARCHIST STUDIES: An inter-disciplinary journal of scholarly research.


I help co-ordinate the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and am co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the PSA. I am the editor of the peer review journal, Anarchist Studies, a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of William Morris Studies, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies and the Journal of Social Justice. I am a member of the William Morris Society, the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Utopian Studies Society, the Association for Political Theory, the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique.  I have contributed to BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and to permanent exhibits at the William Morris Gallery, London.


I have supervised 7 PhD students to completion and am working with the following postgraduate students:

Jim Donaghey, ‘Punk and anarchism’

Teresa Fernandes, ‘Postanarchism, Foucault and the Politics of Space’

Elisabeth Vasileva ‘Postanarchist Ethics and the Possibilities for Resistance: An Analysis of the Tension Between Poststructuralism and Ethical Politics’

Anthony Fiscella, ‘Libertarianism and religion’ (in association with Lund University).

Please feel free to email me about ideas for postgraduate research. I am happy to provide feedback on draft proposals.

William Morris‌       Anarchism and Utopianism‌       William Morris and the Art of Everyday Life


I contribute to undergraduate courses in political theory – Political Ideologies and Political Thought: Text and Analysis.

Recent publications

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Recent work (from 2013)




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Department of Politics, History and International Relations
Herbert Manzoni Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK‌‌

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222991