Alex is officially French and Greek, grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997, so he feels like a foreigner everywhere.
Between 1997 and 2008, he completed his academic studies at the University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). The only interruption was an internship at the European Commission.
Between January 2005 and 2010, he taught on a broad variety of modules at Kent and (from 2008) at Canterbury Christ Church University. He joined Loughborough University in 2010.
He still cannot decide whether his main discipline is political thought, religion and politics, anarchist studies, international relations, pacifist studies or critical security studies. There may be others. He publishes and teaches in those areas among others.
He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovations and publishes top essays from his students on Socratic Hive.
He is fluent in French and English, reasonably fluent in Greek, understands (even if he pretends not to) Spanish and Portuguese, and has studied (and hopes to continue trying to learn) Arabic.
Alex has published on Tolstoy and Christian anarchism in particular, but his broader research interests include:
- Christian/religious anarchism;
- Leo Tolstoy's political thought;
- politics and religion;
- critical terrorism/security studies;
- pacifism and nonviolence.
Feel free to contact him to discuss potential research projects and research supervision on any of these themes.
He is also interested in ideas, projects or experience on how to best combine open-access publishing (especially if accompanied by hard-copy availability) with academic rigour (peer-review). He is currently co-editing a series of books embracing those principles, and several of his academic publications are openly/freely accessible online (see publications).
Alex has taught on numerous different modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A full list of modules is available here. At Loughborough, he has taught and either developed or significantly redeveloped final year modules including on ‘State, Violence and Terrorism’ and ‘Politics and Religion’, postgraduate modules including ‘Protest and Resistance’, ‘International Politics: Issues and Policies’, ‘Security in Global Politics’, and first year modules including ‘Contemporary World Arena’ and ‘Introduction to Academic Studies’.
Current postgraduate research students
- Oscar Addis: “The Revolutionary Strategy of Western Anarchism”.
- Imogen Lambert: “Towards the Possibility of Post-Secular Revolution: A Case Study in Syria”.
Recent postgraduate research students
- Elizabeth Vasileva (2018) “Anarchism, Deleuze and Immanent Ethics”
- Teresa Fernandes Xavier (2017) “The Postanarchist, an activist in a ‘heterotopia’: building an ideal type”
- Will Boisseau (2016) “The Place of Animal Rights in the British Extra-Parliamentary Left”
- John Nightingale (2015) “The Concept of Solidarity in Anarchist Thought”
- Tolstoy's Political Thought: Christian Anarcho-Pacifist Iconoclasm Then and Now(Routledge, 2019). [Click here for more information.]
- "The Subversive Potential of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Defamiliarisation’: A Case Study in Drawing on the Imagination to Denounce Violence". Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22/5 (2019): 562-580, Special Issue: Political Violence and the Imagination, eds. Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2019.1565700. [Freely available here.]
- Essays in Anarchism and Religion: Volume II, edited with Matthew S. Adams (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018). ISBN: 978–91–7635–075–1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bas. [Click here for more information and free access to all chapters.]
- "Anarchism and Religion", co-authored with Lara Apps, in Brill's Companion to Anarchism and Philosophy, edited by Nathan Jun (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 120-151. [Freely available here.]
- "Leo Tolstoy’s Anticlericalism in Its Context and Beyond: A Case against Churches and Clerics, Religious and Secular", Religions 7/5 (May 2016): 59. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/rel7050059. [Freely available here.]
- "The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy's Postsecular International Thought", Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power, edited by Luca Mavelli and Fabio Petito (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 81-102. [Freely available here.]
- Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010). ISBN: 978-1845401931. [Click here for more information.]
- "Leo Tolstoy on the State: A Detailed Picture of Tolstoy's Denunciation of State Violence and Deception", Anarchist Studies 16/1 (Spring 2008) 20-47. [Freely available here (4.2 MB) or here (1 MB).]