Professor of Political Theory, Loughborough University

I joined the Department in 1992. 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 am currently involved in five 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 and Thomas Swann, Loughborough). 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.
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.
Feminist Futures. This initiative, developed by colleagues in the Gendered Lives Research Group, is designed to forge relationships with non-HEI feminist and gender rights organisations with a view to discussing knowledge exchange and support analysis of contemporary feminism.
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. The event is intended to underpin the development of a larger programme of activities.

My research falls within the University's Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge and, in the School, in the Social and Political Theory strand of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. I work in the history of ideas specialising in nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought and contemporary radical politics, particularly anarchism. I am a board member of the Sexual Politics Research Group Network (SPRiG-Net) and a member of the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN).

I have been editor of the journal Anarchist Studies since 2008. 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, have been a discussant on BBC Radio 4’s Ideas in Our Time and BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves. I have also contributed to permanent interview exhibit at the William Morris Gallery, London.


  • 1992–present
    Prof Political Theory, Loughborough University