Politics and International Studies


Ruth Kinna BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon

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Professor of Political Theory


I joined the Department in 1992. I graduated with a first class degree in History and Politics from Queen Mary University of London in 1982, and was awarded a DPhil from Oxford, completing an SSRC-funded doctorate at Nuffield College in 1991.

I work in the history of ideas, specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought and in contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism. My book, William Morris: The art of socialism was published in 2000 by University of Wales press. I have subsequently published The Beginner's Guide to Anarchism (Oneworld, 2005/2009) and Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (University of Edinburgh, 2016).

I have been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2007 and co-convene the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. In 2014 I became series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism. I have been a regular contributor to the London-based STRIKE! Magazine and have been a discussant on BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves.

I am currently involved in three major projects.

My ResearchGate profile is here.


I have supervised theses on William Morris; P.-J.Proudhon; the construction of anarchism; anarchism and freedom; punk and anarchism, Nietzsche and anarchism.

I am currently supervising four projects:

Teresa Fernandes, ‘Postanarchism, Foucault and the Politics of Space’

Preet Singh, ‘Communicating as Equals: intersectionalism, feminism and non-dominating practice’

Simon Stevens, 'State and Citizens or Home and the Outsiders?  A Genealogy of Citizenship in the UK'

Elisabet Vasileva ‘Postanarchist Ethics and the Possibilities for Resistance: An Analysis of the Tension Between Poststructuralism and Ethical Politics’

Please contact me if you’re thinking of applying to do postgraduate research. I am happy to discuss ideas and projects in development.

Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

By: Ruth Kinna

Ruth Kinna reassesses Kropotkin's political thought and suggests that the 'classical' tradition which has provided a lens for the discussion of his work has had a distorting effect on the interpretation of his ideas.

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Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition

Anarchism : A Beginner's Guide

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

By: Ruth Kinna

In this clear and penetrating study, Ruth Kinna goes directly to the heart of this controversial ideology, explaining the influences that have shaped anarchism and the different tactics and strategies that have been used by anarchists throughout history to achieve their ends.

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Anarchism : A Beginner's Guide

Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

Published: 07/2017

Editors: Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta, and David Berry

The history of the left is usually told as one of factionalism and division. This collection of essays casts new light on this history showing in more detail how the boundaries between marxism and anarchism have been more porous and more productive than is conventionally recognized.

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Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

Anarchism and Utopianism

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Edited by: Laurence Davis, Ruth Kinna

This collection of original essays examines the relationship between anarchism and utopianism, exploring the intersections and overlaps between these two fields of study and providing novel perspectives for the analysis of both.

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Anarchism and Utopianism

William Morris : The Art of Socialism

Publisher: University of Wales Press

By: Ruth Ellen Kinna. Part of the Political Philosophy Now S. series

This work analyzes the impact that Morris's understanding of art had on his political thought, and argues that his socialism was driven by a deeply romantic impulse which underpinned his central contribution to socialist thought.

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William Morris : The Art of Socialism


Module leader:

EUA613/4 Political Ideologies

EUC678 No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present

Seminar tutor:

EUA001 Introduction to Academic Studies

EUC643 Dissertation in Politics and International Relations