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 History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651


My interests extend from the history of nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought to contemporary radical political theory, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. My work has been published in 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 completing 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 at 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.


In the University, I am a co-ordinator of the Anarchism Research Group (ARG), a board member of the Sexual Politics Research Group (SPRiG) and member of the Politicised Practice Research Group (PPRG).

Outside Loughborough, I am co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the PSA, and editor of the peer review journal, Anarchist Studies. I sit on 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 Centre de recherché sur l'utopie.

I am the series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.

I have contributed to BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time, BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and to permanent interview exhibit at the William Morris Gallery, London.


Current projects:

Jim Donaghey, ‘Punk and anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia’

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 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)




Detailed searchable list of publications



Contact us

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

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222991