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


After graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a BA in History and Politics, I completed my doctorate at Nuffield College Oxford. I joined the Department in 1992, was promoted to senior lecturer in 2005 and professor of political theory in 2011.  

I am a co-ordinator of the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and active in the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art (CCAA) project with members of the Politicised Practice Research Group (PPRG). I am also a board member of the Sexual Politics Research Group Network (SPRiG-Net)

With Uri Gordon I co-convene the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. I am a member of the William Morris Society, the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Utopian Studies Society, the UK Association for Political Theory, the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique.

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

I write a regular Anarchist Guide feature for the London-based activist STRIKE! Magazine and 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.


 Continuum Companion to Anarchism‌       Anarchism - Ruth Kinna      Anarchism (2009) - Ruth Kinna ‌      anarchist studies journal 22 100x‌‌


I am interested in the history of ideas - nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought - and contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. Having just completed work on a monograph, Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (for Edinburgh University Press) I am currently involved in two major projects.


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

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

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

Simon Stevens, 'State and Citizens or Home and the Outsiders?  A Genealogy of Citizenship in the UK'

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

Please contact me about proposals for postgraduate research. I am happy to discuss ideas and projects in development.


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


EUA613/4 – Political Ideologies

EUB628/9 – History of Political Thought

Recent publications

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Articles and Chapters


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

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222983