Dr Jonathan Dean
Lecturer in Politics
I specialise in the theory and analysis of resistance and political participation, with a particular interest in feminist theory and politics. All my scholarship and teaching is motivated by a commitment to a broad understanding of politics, faithful to the feminist insight that the “personal is political”, and alert to the crucial role that gender, race and sexuality play in shaping political life.
I came to Leeds in 2010, having previously held posts at the London School of Economics (Gender Institute) and the University of Essex (where I completed my PhD in 2007).
My current research examines the changing nature of left politics in contemporary Britain. I am principle investigator on a two-year research grant, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, entitled ‘Left-wing Populism in an Age of Anti-Politics’, in collaboration with Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter).
In 2013-14, I was awarded funding by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme to carry out research on gender and feminism in British left-wing politics and activism, again in collaboration with Bice Maiguashca. In addition, I recently completed a small research project on representations of the history of post-1968 radical politics in media and academic texts. A paper on this topic – entitled ‘Tales of the Apolitical’ – was shortlisted for the 2014 Harrison Prize for best article in the journal Political Studies.
Further back, my ESRC-funded doctoral and post-doctoral research was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan as a monograph entitled Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics. The book examines new forms of feminist politics and activism in the UK, offering a cautiously optimistic analysis of contemporary feminism, in opposition to the then widely held view that feminism was in decline.
All my research is underpinned by a commitment to interrogating and diversifying dominant understandings of politics. In so doing, my work engages with various strands of contemporary social and political theory including, but not limited to: feminism, Marxism and post-marxism, poststructuralism, discourse theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, cultural studies, intersectionality, critical race theory, queer theory, and the “affective turn”.
I currently teach on the following modules:
- Freedom, Power and Resistance (level 1)
- Revolution and Reaction (level 2)
- Feminist Challenges to Political Theory (level 3)
I welcome proposals from prospective PhD candidates in any of the following areas:
- Gender and politics
- Feminist politics and feminist theory
- Left-wing politics and protest movements
- Critical and continental political theory
- ‘Pulling Together in a Crisis? Anarchism, Feminism and the Limits of Left-wing Convergence in Austerity Britain’ (co-authored with Dan Keith and Bice Maiguashca). Capital and Class, forthcoming 2016.
- ‘Angelic Spirits of ‘68: Memories of Sixties Radicalism in Responses to the 2010-11 UK Student Protests’. Contemporary British History, advance online publication, 2015.
- ‘Feminism Resurgent? Mapping Contemporary Feminist Activisms in Europe’ (co-authored with Kristin Aune). Social Movement Studies, advance online publication, 2015.
- ‘Radicalism Restored? Communism and the End of Left Melancholia’. Contemporary Political Theory, volume 14, number 3: 234-255, 2015 – first published online 2014.
- ‘Tales of the Apolitical’. Political Studies, volume 62, number 2: 452-467, 2014 – first published online 2013.
- ‘On the March or On the Margins? Affirmations and Erasures of Feminist Activism in the UK’. European Journal of Women’s Studies, volume 19, number 3: 315-329, 2012.
- ‘Feminism in the Papers: Contested Feminisms in the British Quality Press’. Feminist Media Studies, volume 10, number 4: 391-407, 2010.
- ‘Who’s Afraid of Third Wave Feminism?: On the Uses of the “Third Wave” in British Feminist Politics’. International Feminist Journal of Politics, volume 11, number 3: 334-352, 2009.
- ‘Feminist Purism and the Question of ‘Radicality’ in Contemporary Political Theory’. Contemporary Political Theory, volume 7, number 3: 280-301, 2008.
- ‘No (Parliamentary) Gender Gap Please, We’re British’ (co-authored with Nick Allen). The Political Quarterly, volume 79, number 2: 212-220, 2008.
- Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics. Palgrave MacMillan, Gender and Politics series, 2010.
Journal special issue
- ‘New Feminisms in Europe’. Special issue of Social Movement Studies, co-edited with Kristin Aune, forthcoming 2015.
Chapters in Books
- ‘Feminist Politics’, in Carolyn Williams and Mary Evans (eds). Gender: Key Concepts. Routledge, 2012.
- ‘Gender, Power and Politics,’ in Kate Nash, Alan Scott and Edwin Amenta (eds.). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Blackwell, 2012.
- David Graber, The Democracy Project (Allen Lane, 2013). Global Discourse, volume 4, number 2-3: 377-380, 2014 (with response from the author).
- Srila Roy, Remembering Revolution (OUP, 2012). Feminist Review, volume 106: e9-e10, 2014.
- Christina Scharff, Repudiating Feminism (Ashgate, 2012). Feminist Theory, volume 15, number 2: 211-213, 2014.
- Angela McRobbie The Aftermath of Feminism (Sage, 2009). NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, volume 18, number 2: 144-147, 2010.
- ‘The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: Theorising Disidentification in Contemporary Gender Politics.’ Working Papers in ideology and Discourse Analysis, no. 24, June 2008.
Media comment pieces
- ‘Could Spain’s Podemos Effect Spread to the UK?’. The Conversation 28/11/14. http://theconversation.com/could-spains-podemos-effect-spread-to-the-uk-34670.
- ‘Asking if Men can be Feminists is a Pointless Distraction’. The Conversation, 5/08/14. http://theconversation.com/asking-if-men-can-be-feminists-is-a-pointless-distraction-30123.
- ‘Let’s Get This Straight: Gender Studies Isn’t About ‘Women Good, Men Bad’. The Guardian, 08/09/11. Also online at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/07/gender-studies-anti-discrimination-case.
- ‘Radical Feminism: what it is and why we’re afraid of it’. The Guardian Comment is Free, 9/02/2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/09/radical-feminism-assange-case.
Media Contact Areas
- Left-wing politics in Britain
- Contemporary Feminism
- Gender Relations in the UK
- Protest, activism and social movements