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


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).

 Continuum Companion to Anarchism‌       Kropotkin      Anarchism (2009) - Ruth Kinna ‌      Anarchist Vol23No2‌‌


I am currently involved in five projects.

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

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

Association for Political Theory

Political Studies Association and co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the  PSA

William Morris Society

British Association for Victorian Studies

European Utopian Studies Society

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.

External activities

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.


Module leader:

EUA610 Conceptions of Democracy

EUC678 No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present

Seminar tutor:

EUA001 Introduction to Academic Studies

EUA619 Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations

EUC643 Dissertation in Politics and International Relations

Recent publications

You can access my work using the Loughborough Institutional Repository, ResearchGate or Academic.edu.

Detailed searchable list of publications



Contact us

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

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222983