Professor of Political Theory
BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223651
After graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a BA in History and Politics, I completed my doctorate at Nuffield College Oxford. I joined the Department in 1992, was promoted to senior lecturer in 2005 and professor of political theory in 2011.
I am a co-ordinator of the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and active in the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art (CCAA) project with members of the Politicised Practice Research Group (PPRG). I am also a board member of the Sexual Politics Research Group Network (SPRiG-Net)
With Uri Gordon I co-convene the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. I am a member of the William Morris Society, the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Utopian Studies Society, the UK Association for Political Theory, the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique.
I am editor the journal Anarchist Studies and series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.
I write a regular Anarchist Guide feature for the London-based activist STRIKE! Magazine and have contributed to BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time, BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and to permanent interview exhibit at the William Morris Gallery, London.
I am interested in the history of ideas - nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought - and contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism and the utopianism of prefigurative politics. Having just completed work on a monograph, Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (for Edinburgh University Press) I am currently involved in two major 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). 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.
Jim Donaghey, ‘Punk and anarchism: UK, Poland and Indonesia’
Anthony Fiscella, ‘Libertarianism and religion’ (in association with Lund University).
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.
EUA613/4 – Political Ideologies
EUB628/9 – History of Political Thought
Select (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).
Articles and Chapters
- ‘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
- 'Anarchism', in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
- Practising (for) Utopia, Philosophers for Change
- 'Ideologies and Cognitive Orientations', Protest Cultures: A Companion, ed. Kathrin Fahenbrach, Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth, Berghahn Books.
- 'Anarchism and Political Science', The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences, ed. Carl Levy & Saul Newman, (Routledge Interventions Series).
- 'Practising (for) Utopia', Actes de colloque: Les Lieux du Non-Lieu, Centre de Sociologie des Pratiques et des Représentations Politiques, Paris Diderot-Paris 7.
- 'Anarchism and Feminism' in Nathan Jun (ed.) Anarchist Companion to Political Philosophy (Brill: Leiden).
- Kropotkin: Reviewing The Classical Anarchist Tradition, University of Edinburgh, 2015.