Professor of Political Theory
BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651
I work on nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought, contemporary radical political theory, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. I am currently completing a book-length study of Peter Kropotkin’s political thought for Edinburgh University Press and working on a project about anarchism and non-domination with Alex Prichard at Exeter University.
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 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 am the series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.
Jim Donaghey, ‘Punk and anarchism: UK, Poland and 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 proposals for postgraduate research. I am happy to discuss ideas for research.
I contribute to undergraduate courses in political theory – Political Ideologies and History of Political Thought.
Recent work (from 2013)
- Anarchism and Utopianism, co-edited with Laurence Davis, (Manchester University Press, 2014).
- Bloomsbury Companion to Anarchism, (New York: Continuum, 2014).
- The Anarchist Canon/Blasting the Canon co-edited with Süreyyya Evren, (New York: Punctum, 2013).
- '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', co-authored with Benjamin Franks (Glasgow University), in David Haigron (ed) The UK Political Landscape in the 21st century: players, strategies, stakes, Revue LISA/LISA e-journal
- 'Anarchism and Critical Management Studies: An Anarchist Studies Perspective', Ephemera, theory and politics in organization, 14:4, 2014, pp. 611-21.
- 'An Anarchist Guide to Christmas', STRIKE! Magazine, November/December 2014 (repr, Open Democracy).
- 'Anarchism', online interview, Stand Up Fight Back
- ‘An Anarchist Guide to Feminism’, STRIKE! Magazine, Spring 2014
- Practising (for) Utopia, Philosophers for Change
- 'Anarchism', in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Click on Publications for a complete list of work.
- 'Ideologies and Cognitive Orientations', Elements of Protest, vol. 1 of Protest Cultures: A Companion, ed. Kathrin Fahenbrach, Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth, Berghahn Books.
- '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.
- ‘George Woodcock: The Ghostwriter of Anarchism’, with Süreyyya Evren, Anarchist Studies, Spring 2015.
- Peter Kropotkin: Reviewing an Anarchist Tradition, University of Edinburgh, 2015.