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Lukas Slothuus

Lukas Slothuus
Lukas Slothuus
Research Interests
Political theory, Political philosophy, Marxism, Critical theory, Resistance, Contentious politics

I am a PhD student in political theory at the University of Edinburgh and currently a visiting graduate student at Cornell University. I am also a member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict based at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo and the University of Oslo, Norway.

I hold Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as well as the Edinburgh Teaching Award (Category 1). From December 2018, I will be undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) at the Moray School of Education, University of Edinburgh, working towards Fellowship of the HEA.

Research interests:

My research centres on the politics of resistance and disobedience, the philosophy of praxis, the status of critical theory, and questions within Marxist thought. In particular, I am researching the relationship between critical theory and practices of resistance; the role and responsibility of intellectuals vis-à-vis the politics of resistance; the relationship between resistance and social transformation; and developing critiques of liberal civil disobedience and "everyday resistance". I have a secondary interest in methodology, particularly critiques of moralist, legalist, idealist, and individualist approaches to political theory.


Dr Mathias Thaler (Politics & IR)

Professor Toby Kelly (Social Anthropology)


PhD Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2016-)

Visiting Graduate Student, Government Department, Cornell University (2018)

MSc by Research in Politics (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2015-16)

MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy (Distinction), Central Saint Martins (2013-15) (interview)

BSc Government (First Class Honours), London School of Economics and Political Science (2009-13), with Outstanding Performance Prize for Best Dissertation

Funding and awards:

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), funded by the Research Council of Norway (2017-2020)

ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) 1+3 MSc/PhD Studentship (2015-19), including Overseas Institutional Visit award (2018)

AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) Research Preparation Masters Studentship (2013-15)

Teaching experience:

Political Thinkers (2017, 2018), Seminar tutor

War and Justice (2017), Seminar tutor

Introduction to Politics & International Relations (2016, 2017), Study Skills tutor

Work experience:

Student Welfare Mentor, University of the Arts London, Woodland House (2014-15)

Community & Welfare Sabbatical Officer, LSE Students' Union (2011-12)