Professor of Political Theory
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.
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.
I contribute to undergraduate courses in political theory – Political Ideologies and Political Thought: Text and Analysis.
Click on Publications for a complete list of work.
Recent work (from 2013)
- The Anarchist Canon/Blasting the Canon (New York: Punctum, 2013) ed. with Süreyyya Evren.
- Bloomsbury Companion to Anarchism, (New York: Continuum, 2014).
- 'Anarchism', in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
- Practising (for) Utopia, Philosophers for Change
- ‘An Anarchist Guide to Feminism’, STRIKE! Magazine, Spring 2014
- 'Ideologies and Cognitive Orientations', Elements of Protest, vol. 1 of Protest Cultures: A Companion, ed. Kathrin Fahenbrach, Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth, Berghahn Books.
- 'Contemporary British Anarchism', with Benjamin Franks in David Haigron (ed) The UK Political Landscape in the 21st century: players, strategies, stakes, Revue LISA/LISA e-journal
- 'Anarchism and Political Science', Anarchism Today: The Anarchist Imagination Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences, ed. Carl Levy, (Routledge Interventions).
- 'Practising (for) Utopia', Actes de colloque: Les Lieux du Non-Lieu, Centre de Sociologie des Pratiques et des Représentations Politiques, Paris Diderot-Paris 7.
- 'Kropotkin's Theory of the State: A Transnational Approach', Scales of Analysis in Anarchist Studies: Reassessing the Transnational Turn in Social Movements, ed. Bert Altena & Constance Bantman, Routledge.
- ‘George Woodcock: The Ghostwriter of Anarchism’, with Süreyyya Evren, Anarchist Studies, Spring 2015.