Ruth Kinna BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon
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.
- Anarchy as a constitutional principle: constitutionalising in anarchist politics (with Alex Prichard, Exeter University and Thomas Swann, Loughborough). Funded by an ESRC Transformative Research Award (ES/N006860/1) this project started in January 2016 and contributes to research on anarchism, republicanism and non-domination.
- Art Activism and Political Violence. This project has developed from cross-School collaboration between the Anarchism Research Group (ARG) and the Politicised Practice Research Group (PPRG). With Gillian Whiteley I am co-convening a workshop funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation to explore questions of political violence and art activism.
- Handbook of Radical Politics. With Uri Gordon I am editing a major new collection for Routledge which examines how radical politics is articulated through practice, offering perspectives on radicalism and politics that emerge from and through activism.
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.
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.
Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red
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.
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.
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.
EUA613/4 Political Ideologies
EUC678 No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present
EUA001 Introduction to Academic Studies
EUC643 Dissertation in Politics and International Relations
- Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, anti-militarism and war, ed. With Matthew Adams, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017).
- 'Utopianism and Prefiguration', in S. Chrostowska and J. Ingram, eds. The Political Uses of Utopia. New Marxist, anarchist and radical democratic perspectives. Columbia University Press, 2017.
- Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
- 'Domination', in Kelly Fritsch, Clare O'Connor and A.K. Thompson (eds.) Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle, AK Press, 2016.
- ‘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 vol. XII no. 8 (2014).
- Practising (for) Utopia, Philosophers for Change (April 2014).
- 'Anarchism and Political Science', forthcoming in Anarchism Today: The Anarchist Imagination Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences, ed. Carl Levy, (Routledge Interventions Series).
- 'Anarchism and Feminism' forthcoming in Nathan Jun (ed.) Anarchist Companion to Political Philosophy (Brill: Leiden).
- You can access my work using the Loughborough Institutional Repository, ResearchGate or Academic.edu.