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.
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 Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique.
I am the series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.
I am currently supervising four projects:
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 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
- Anarchism', online interview, Stand Up Fight Back
- '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.
- Peter Kropotkin: Reviewing an Anarchist Tradition, University of Edinburgh, 2015.
- 'An Anarchist Guide to Christmas', STRIKE! Magazine, Novemeber/December 2014