Professor of Political Theory
BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651
I joined the Department in 1992. I graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA History and Politics and completed an SSRC-funded doctorate at Nuffield College Oxford (1991).
I am currently involved in five projects.
- Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, anti-militarism and war. This has developed from collaboration with scholars involved in the European Social Science History Conference network and will result in a volume co-edited with Matthew Adams for Manchester University Press.
- Anarchy as a constitutional principle: constitutionalising in anarchist politics (with Alex Prichard, Exeter University and Thomas Swann, Loughborough). Funded by an ESRC Transformative Research Award (ES/N006860/1) this project will run for 18 months from January 2016 and contributes to research on anarchism, republicanism and non-domination.
- Handbook of Radical Politics. With Uri Gordon I am editing a major new collection for Routledge which examines how radical politics is articulated through practice, offering perspectives on radicalism and politics that emerge from and through activism.
- Feminist Futures. This initiative, developed by colleagues in the Gendered Lives Research Group, is designed to forge relationships with non-HEI feminist and gender rights organisations with a view to discussing knowledge exchange and support analysis of contemporary feminism.
- Art Activism and Political Violence. This project has developed from cross-School collaboration between the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and the Politicised Practice Research Group (PPRG). With Gillian Whiteley I am co-convening a workshop funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation to explore questions of political violence and art activism. The event is intended to underpin the development of a larger programme of activities.
My research falls within the University's Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge and, in the School, in the Social and Political Theory strand of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. I work in the history of ideas specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought and contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism. I am a board member of the Sexual Politics Research Group Network (SPRiG-Net) and a member of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN).
Memberships and professional activities
I have been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2008. In 2014 I became series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.
I have been a regular contributor to the London-based STRIKE! Magazine, have been a discussant on BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves. I have also contributed to permanent interview exhibit at the William Morris Gallery, London.
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.
EUA610 Conceptions of Democracy
EUC678 No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present
EUA001 Introduction to Academic Studies
EUA619 Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations
EUC643 Dissertation in Politics and International Relations
- Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
- 'Domination', in Kelly Fritsch, Clare O'Connor and A.K. Thompson (eds.) Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle, AK Press, 2016.
- ‘George Woodcock: The Ghostwriter of Anarchism’, with Süreyyya Evren, Anarchist Studies, 23 (1), Spring 2015: 45-61.
- 'Kropotkin's Theory of the State: A Transnational Approach', Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies, ed. Bert Altena & Constance Bantman, Routledge Studies in Cultural History (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 43-61.
- '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 vol. XII no. 8 (2014).
- Practising (for) Utopia, Philosophers for Change (April 2014).
- 'Anarchism and Political Science', forthcoming in Anarchism Today: The Anarchist Imagination Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences, ed. Carl Levy, (Routledge Interventions Series).
- 'Anarchism and Feminism' forthcoming in Nathan Jun (ed.) Anarchist Companion to Political Philosophy (Brill: Leiden).
- 'Utopianism and Prefiguration', forthcoming in S. Chrostowska and J. Ingram, eds. Uto/politics: The Political Uses of Utopia, Columbia University Press, 2016.