Professor of Political Theory
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651
I completed my undergraduate degree in History and Politics at Queen Mary College, London and my doctorate, which examined Peter Kropotkin’s theory of mutual aid, at Nuffield College, Oxford. I joined the Department in 1992.
My research interests are in the history of ideas and political theory. I have published on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century socialism, on contemporary anarchist thought, the relationship between anarchism and Marxism, aspects of utopianism, the relationship between art and politics and political violence and terrorism. I am interested in recovering neglected traditions in socialist thought, in examining the fluidity of political ideas and the processes of ideological formation. I have published two books (William Morris: The Art of Socialism, 2000 and A Beginner's Guide to Anarchism, 2005) edited two other collections (Early Writings on Terrorism, 2006 and The Continuum Companion to Anarchism, 2012) and co-edited Anarchism and Utopianism (with Laurence Davis) and Libertarian Socialism (with Alex Prichard, Saku Pinta and David Berry). My work has been published a range of major journals in the history of ideas including 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 help co-ordinate the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and am co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the PSA. I am the editor of the peer review journal, Anarchist Studies, a member of 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), I have contributed to BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and to permanent exhibits at the William Morris Gallery, London.
Current projects include the preparation of book on Kropotkin’s political thought (for Edinburgh University Press) and on anarchism and non-domination, with Alex Prichard, Exeter University. I am also convening a panel, Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, Militarism and War at the European Social Science History Conference, Vienna 2014.
I am working with Cris Illiopoulos (Nietzsche and anarchism), Jim Donaghey (punk and anarchism), Teresa Xavier (postanarchism) and Anthony Fiscella (Lund University, on libertarianism and religion).
Please feel free to 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.
Select publications from 2009 –
- The Anarchist Canon/Blasting the Canon (New York: Punctum, 2013) ed. with Süreyyya Evren.
- Libertarian Socialism, co-edited with Alex Prichard, David Berry and Saku Pinta (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012).
- Continuum Companion to Anarchism, (New York: Continuum, 2012).
- Anarchism and Utopianism, ed. with Laurence Davis (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009) – Click here to access the review in the European Review of History
- 'Anarchism, Individualism and Communism: William Morris’s Critique of Anarcho-Communism', Libertarian Socialism (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012), pp. 35-56.
- ‘The Mirror of Anarchy: The Stirnerism of J.H. Mackay and Dora Marsden’, in Saul Newman (ed.) Max Stirner, (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), pp. 42-63.
- ‘Morris and the Democratization of Art’ in Wendy Parkins (ed.), William Morris and the Art of Everyday Life (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), pp. 87-108.
- ‘Anarchism: Past, Present and Utopia’ with Alex Prichard, in Amster, DeLeon, Fernandez, Nocella & Shannon (eds.) Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy (Routledge, 2009)
- ‘Politics and Ideology in Utopia: A Defence of Eutopian Thinking’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 16 (3), October 2011, 279-294
- ‘Guy Aldred: Bridging the Gap Between Marxism and Anarchism’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 16 (1) February 2011, pp. 97-114.
- 'Anarchism', in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
- '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.