Ruth Kinna BA History and Politics, (Queen Mary, University of London), DPhil Oxon
Professor of Political Theory
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). I joined the Department in 1992.
I have been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2007 and have co-convened the Anarchist Studies Network, a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association, since its foundation in 2011. In 2014 I became series editor for Rowman and Littlefield's Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism.
My research straddles political theory and the history of ideas and falls within the Social, Political and Cultural Theory strand of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. I work with colleagues in the Anarchism Research Group and the Politicised Practice Research Group. My interests centre on contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism and nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought. 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). A new book on anarchism, provisionally titled The Government of No One: Theories and Practices of Anarchism is scheduled for publication with Pelican in 2019.
Research Grants and Awards
2016 Anarchy as a constitutional principle: constitutionalising in anarchist politics. PI with Alex Prichard, Exeter University and Thomas Swann, Loughborough. Funded by ESRC Transformative Research Award ES/N006860/1.
2016 Art Activism and Political Violence. Joint PI with Gillian Whiteley (Loughborough) funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation.
2005 ‘Early Writings on Terrorism’ British Academy Small Research Grant
1993 ‘Mutual Aid in Historical Context’ British Academy Small Research Grant
I have been a regular contributor to the London-based STRIKE! Magazine and am now working with Dog Section Press on the pamphlet series Great Anarchists. I have been a discussant on BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves. I recently contributed to the series British Socialism: the Grand Tour.
- Sebastian Averill, ‘Mikhail Bakunin at the margins of Slavoj Žižek’
- Jon Bigger, ‘Anarchists in the UK General Election 2015: an ethnographic Study of Class War’
- Shane Little, ‘The Politics Behind the Unbridgeable Chasm: Revisiting the relationship between social anarchism and individualism’
- James McIntyre, ‘Hometime for Humanity: on Working our Way towards a Workless Society’
- Simon Stevens, (2018) 'State and Citizens or Home and the Outsiders? A Genealogy of Citizenship in the UK'
- Elisabeth Vasileva (2018) ‘Postanarchist Ethics and the Possibilities for Resistance: An Analysis of the Tension Between Poststructuralism and Ethical Politics’
- Teresa Fernandes, (2017) ‘The postanarchist, an activist in a “heterotopia”: building an ideal type’
- Jim Donaghey (2016) ‘Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia’
- Anthony Fiscella (2015 Lund University) ‘Universal Burdens: Stories of (Un)Freedom from the Unitarian Universalist Association, The MOVE Organization, and Taqwacore’
- Cris Iliopoulos (2014) ‘Nietzsche & anarchism: an elective affinity, and a Nietzschean reading of the December 08 revolt in Athens’
- Osama Abu Irshaid (2013) ‘The dialectic of religion and politics in Hamas’ thought and practice’
- Süreyyya Evren (2012) ‘What is anarchism? A reflection on the canon and the constructive potential of its destruction’
- Matthew Wilson (2012) ‘Rules without rulers: the possibilities and limits of anarchism’
- Alex Prichard (2008) ‘Justice, order and anarchy: the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)’
- Kazuko Sumino (2007) ‘The relevance of William Morris’
- Mahmood Abdulla (2007) ‘Aspects of Qur'anic exegetical concept of self and human nature past and present’
Please contact me about proposals for postgraduate research. I am happy to discuss ideas and projects in development.
My final year option, No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present is currently suspended.
I have been actively involved in programme design and teaching development throughout my career. I was awarded a University teaching prize in 2005 for work developing undergraduate skills training.
I served as Associate Dean for Teaching (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2010-11) and School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences (2011-2014).
With Uri Gordon I co-authored the Political Studies Association Teachers’ Topic Guide on Anarchism and Ideology (2015).
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.
The Bloomsbury Companion to Anarchism
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (USA)
Edited by: Ruth Kinna
Anarchism, 1914-18 : Internationalism, Anti-Militarism and War
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Edited by: Matthew S. Adams, Ruth Kinna
- ‘Anarchism and non-domination’ with Alex Prichard, forthcoming in the Journal of Political Ideologies
- 'Anarchism and Political Science', forthcoming in Anarchism Today: The Anarchist Imagination Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences, ed. Carl Levy & Saul Newman (Routledge Interventions Series).
- Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, antimilitarism and war (co-ed. with Matthew Adams) Manchester University press, 2017.
- 'Utopianism and Prefiguration', in S. Chrostowska and J. Ingram, eds. Uto/politics: The Political Uses of Utopia, Columbia University Press, 2016.
You can access my work using the Loughborough Institutional Repository, ResearchGate or Academic.edu.