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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)


Senior Lecturer

Office hours, Fridays, 11am-1pm (or by appointment)


From January 2016 I am on study leave and working with Ruth Kinna (Loughborough) on an 18 month project funded under the ESRC's 'Transformative Research' call. This highly competitive funding stream is designed to "provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking." Ours is an empirically informed theoretical project that asks how 'anarchy' can be a constitutional principle. This may sound counter intuitive, anarchy is, after all, normally associated with chaos etc. But for anarchists, anarchy is a principle of order without rulers. Working with anarchist groups, we will be asking how the principle/concept of anarchy (and cognates like horizontalism) shape and determine how different anarchist groups divide and balance powers, enable participation and declare their autonomy and political subjectivity. We hope to develop some unique and original insights into the character of anarchist constitutionalisation, but also constitutionalism more generally. The results of this research will help push forward post-statist political and IR theory. The two page proposal for this project can be found here.


I was appointed lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter in 2012. I was previously LSE Fellow in International Political Theory (2010-2012), an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bristol (2009-2010), and before that a Teaching Fellow and Research Officer at the University of Bath (2008-2009).

In 2005 I co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, and in 2012 I co-founded and now co-edit the monograph series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies', published by Manchester University Press and distributed in the USA by Oxford University Press. The series is the only one dedicated to contemporary writing on anarchist theory and practice. Full details on how to submit manuscript proposals can be found on the MUP website. 

I gained my PhD from Loughborough University in 2008 for my thesis on the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. This brought together my two main areas of research: International Relations theory and anarchist theory. Most recently I have been working on the concept of anarchy in IR theory and the relationship between the anarchist language of domination and cognates in the neo-Republican literature in political theory. A piece linking anarchy in IR theory with anarchist conceptions of anarchy can be found here, and a forthcoming piece on the concept of anarchy in IR theory can be found here