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, DPhil

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.

Continuum Companion to Anarchism‌       Anarchism - Ruth Kinna‌      Anarchism (2009) - Ruth Kinna‌ ‌      ANARCHIST STUDIES: An inter-disciplinary journal of scholarly research.


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.



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


I contribute to undergraduate courses in political theory – Political Ideologies and Political Thought: Text and Analysis.

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

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222991