I am professor of political theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, and do research in the areas of rhetoric, psychoanalysis and political theory – with a particular focus on the insights of Continental thought. You can get in contact via my staff web page.
In 2015 I finished working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project that explored the connection between rhetoric and psychoanalysis (see the Research page) and this is the basis of a recent book called Psychopolitics of Speech. The relation between speech and subjectivity continues to be of interest to me and informs my current research on topics such as hermeneutics, corporeality, fascism, and religious discourse. In the past, however, I published books and articles on Italian political thinkers, with a view to exploring their insights for contemporary democratic politics. I have long been interested in the question of how (and whether) political ideas and theories inform the strategic analysis of practical politics; this stimulated my reflections on theories of ‘hegemony’, the state and discourse. My ‘turn’ to rhetoric in recent years extends this interest by focusing less on individual thinkers and more on repertoires of speech conceived as types of cultural-political action.