I graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA History and Politics and was awarded an SSRC doctoral research scholarship to study at Nuffield College Oxford. I have been working at Loughborough since 1992.
My research has been funded by the ESRC (ES/N006860/1 Anarchy as a constitutional principle: constitutionalising in anarchist politics) the Independent Social Research Foundation (Art Activism and Political Violence) and the British Academy (2005 and 1993).
I am a political theorist and historian of ideas with research interests in anarchism, nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought, utopianism and contemporary radicalism. I published William Morris: The Art of Socialism in 2000 and have since published The Beginner's Guide to Anarchism (Oneworld, 2005/2009), Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (University of Edinburgh, 2016) and The Government of No One (Pelican, 2019).