About

I am professor of political theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, and do research in the areas of rhetoric and political theory – with a particular focus on the insights of Continental thought. You can get in contact via my staff web page.

I have recently finished working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project that explored the connection between rhetoric and psychoanalysis (see the Research page). In the past I have published a number of books and articles on Italian political thinkers, with a view to exploring their insights for a contemporary context, particularly for a radical 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 has involved 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 political action rooted in emotions and affects.

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