Lecturer
Government
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: L.Davis@ucc.ie

Dr. Laurence Davis is College Lecturer and Director of the PhD in Government in the Department of Government, University College Cork, where he works in the areas of political theory and philosophy, political ideologies, and U.S. politics. He has published widely on political theory and ideologies, with a particular expertise in radical political thought, including anarchist and utopian studies, democratic and revolutionary theory, and the politics of art, work, ecology, love, and social change. A Series Editor of the Manchester University Press Contemporary Anarchist Studies book series and a founding member of the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, he has taught politics at a range of universities in the U.K. and Ireland, including Oxford University, Ruskin College, University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Galway and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he co-created the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism. Active over many years in a wide variety of community organisations (from elder support organisations and soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the United States, to the Bridge Shelter for homeless youth in Oxford, to the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Organisations in Dublin) and grassroots social movements (from anti-apartheid struggle and anti-nuclear and anti-war movements, to feminist and LGBTQ campaigning, to global justice activism and the Irish Occupy movement), his research and teaching work on the politics of social change is firmly practice-grounded. His leadership in the areas of equality and social justice is also reflected in his commitments at University College Cork, where he is an active member of the University Equality Committee, Chair of the LGBT Staff Network, LGBT Staff Liaison Officer, member of the Steering Group of Athena SWAN, Academic Council Staff Development Committee member, and IFUT Cork branch committee member and National Council delegate. Dr. Davis earned his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York, and his D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University. 

Research Interests

Dr. Davis specialises in political theory and ideologies, with a particular expertise in radical political thought. He has published widely in these areas, in particular on anarchist and utopian studies, democratic and revolutionary theory, and the politics of art and literature, work, love, ecology, and social change. Active in a wide range of international research networks, he has longstanding experience of presenting his research work at international conferences and of successful interdisciplinary research collaboration resulting in publications in the highest quality peer-reviewed academic journals and books. He has also held numerous leadership positions in his fields of research expertise, including serving since 2006 as an elected member of the steering committee of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, and founding and driving forward the first peer reviewed book series in anarchist studies by a major academic publisher, namely the widely praised (see reviews here) Contemporary Anarchist Studies monograph series formerly published by Bloomsbury Press and acquired in 2015 by Manchester University Press.

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2016)'Utopia'
Laurence Davis (2016) 'Utopia' In: Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth (eds). Protest Cultures: A Companion. New York and Oxford: Berghahn. [Details]
(2014)'Anarchism'
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Anarchism' In: Vincent Geoghegan and Rick Wilford (eds). Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 4th edition. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2014)'Anarchism and the Future of Revolution'
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Anarchism and the Future of Revolution' In: Ruth Kinna (eds). The Continuum Companion to Anarchism. London and New York: Continuum Press. [Details]
(2014)'Everyone an Artist: Art, Labour, Anarchy, and Utopia'
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Everyone an Artist: Art, Labour, Anarchy, and Utopia' In: Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna (eds). Anarchism and Utopianism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2014)'Introduction'
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Introduction' In: Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna (eds). Anarchism and Utopianism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Dystopia, Utopia and Sancho Panza'
Laurence Davis (2013) 'Dystopia, Utopia and Sancho Panza' In: Fatima Vieira (eds). Dystopia(n) Matters: On the Page, on Screen, on Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
(2012)'Love and Revolution in Ursula Le Guin's Four Ways to Forgiveness'
Laurence Davis (2012) 'Love and Revolution in Ursula Le Guin's Four Ways to Forgiveness' In: Jamie Heckert and Richard Cleminson (eds). Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. New York and Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
(2012)'True Journey is Return: Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed'
Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman (2012) 'True Journey is Return: Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed' In: J.C. Davis and Miguel Angel Ramiro Aviles (eds). Utopian Moments: Reading Utopian Texts. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Details]
(2011)'History, Politics and Utopia: Towards a Synthesis of Social Theory and Practice'
Laurence Davis (2011) 'History, Politics and Utopia: Towards a Synthesis of Social Theory and Practice' In: Patricia Vieira and Michael Marder (eds). Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought. London and New York: Continuum Press. [Details]
(2005)'The Dynamic and Revolutionary Utopia of Ursula K. Le Guin'
Laurence Davis (2005) 'The Dynamic and Revolutionary Utopia of Ursula K. Le Guin' In: Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman (eds). The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. [Details]
(2005)'Introduction'
Laurence Davis (2005) 'Introduction' In: Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman (eds). The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. [Details]
(2001)'Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopia'
Laurence Davis (2001) 'Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopia' In: Barbara Goodwin (eds). The Philosophy of Utopia. London: Frank Cass. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2014)Anarchism and Utopianism
Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna (Ed.). (2014) Anarchism and Utopianism Anarchism and Utopianism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2005)The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed
Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman (Ed.). (2005) The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2016)'历史、政治与乌托邦—走向社会理论与实践的综合'
Laurence Davis (2016) '历史、政治与乌托邦—走向社会理论与实践的综合'. Foreign Theoretical Trends, No.5 :18-29 [Details]
(2010)'History, Politics, and Utopia: Towards a Synthesis of Social Theory and Practice'
Laurence Davis (2010) 'History, Politics, and Utopia: Towards a Synthesis of Social Theory and Practice'. Journal of Contemporary thought, 31 (Summer):79-94 [Details]
(2010)'Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unhelpful Dichotomy'
Laurence Davis (2010) 'Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unhelpful Dichotomy'. Anarchist Studies, 18 (1):62-82 [Details]
(2009)'Morris, Wilde, and Le Guin on Art, Work, and Utopia'
Laurence Davis (2009) 'Morris, Wilde, and Le Guin on Art, Work, and Utopia'. Utopian Studies, 20 (2):213-248 [Details]
(2000)'Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopia'
Laurence Davis (2000) 'Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopia'. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 3 (2/3 (Summer/Autumn)):56-86 [Details]
(1996)'Morris, Wilde, and Marx on the Social Preconditions of Individual Development'
Laurence Davis (1996) 'Morris, Wilde, and Marx on the Social Preconditions of Individual Development'. Political Studies, 44 (4):719-732 [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2014)Review of Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, by Ruth Levitas, Utopian Studies, Volume 25, Number 1, 227-230.
Laurence Davis (2014) Review of Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, by Ruth Levitas, Utopian Studies, Volume 25, Number 1, 227-230. Book Reviews [Details]
(2008)Review of Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms, by Benjamin Franks, Anarchist Studies, Volume 16, Number 2, 186-188.
Laurence Davis (2008) Review of Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms, by Benjamin Franks, Anarchist Studies, Volume 16, Number 2, 186-188. Book Reviews [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

YearPublication
(2010)'William Morris', in George T. Kurian (ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Science.
Laurence Davis (2010) 'William Morris', in George T. Kurian (ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, DC:CQ Press. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2010)'Ideologies in Nineteenth Century Europe: Anarchism', in Alfred Andrea (ed.), World History Encyclopedia.
Laurence Davis (2010) 'Ideologies in Nineteenth Century Europe: Anarchism', in Alfred Andrea (ed.), World History Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA:ABC-CLIO. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2009)'The Abalone Alliance', in Immanuel Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present.
Laurence Davis (2009) 'The Abalone Alliance', in Immanuel Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Oxford:Blackwell. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2009)'Anarchism', in Gina Misiroglu (ed.), American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History.
Laurence Davis (2009) 'Anarchism', in Gina Misiroglu (ed.), American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History. New York:M.E. Sharpe. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]

Newspaper Articles

YearPublication
(2016)'President Trump and the new face of democracy', Irish Echo, 16-22 November 2016, p. 14.
Laurence Davis (2016) 'President Trump and the new face of democracy', Irish Echo, 16-22 November 2016, p. 14. Newspaper Articles Globe icon [Details]
(2016)'Donald Trump's White House bid raises major questions about the future of democracy', Thejournal.ie, 1 October 2016: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/trump-future-of-american-politics-3003716-Oct2016/.
Laurence Davis (2016) 'Donald Trump's White House bid raises major questions about the future of democracy', Thejournal.ie, 1 October 2016: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/trump-future-of-american-politics-3003716-Oct2016/. Newspaper Articles [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love', Thejournal.ie, 24 May 2015: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/referendum-victory-for-equality-democracy-and-love-2119506-May2015/.
Laurence Davis (2015) 'This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love', Thejournal.ie, 24 May 2015: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/referendum-victory-for-equality-democracy-and-love-2119506-May2015/. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2015)'Marriage equality fight must be just the start', Evening Echo, 7 May 2015: http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/1/f/1f95f8ef-651c-45aa-8e88-03a74a5220b8/page.pdf.
Laurence Davis (2015) 'Marriage equality fight must be just the start', Evening Echo, 7 May 2015: http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/1/f/1f95f8ef-651c-45aa-8e88-03a74a5220b8/page.pdf. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2015)'What we talk about when we talk about love equality', The Sunday Times, 22 March 2015: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/ireland/News/article1534603.ece.
Laurence Davis (2015) 'What we talk about when we talk about love equality', The Sunday Times, 22 March 2015: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/ireland/News/article1534603.ece. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2015)'The fight for gay marriage is only the start of a long struggle', Irish Examiner, 19 February 2015: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/the-fight-for-gay-marriage-is-only-the-start-of-a-long-struggle-313385.html.
Laurence Davis (2015) 'The fight for gay marriage is only the start of a long struggle', Irish Examiner, 19 February 2015: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/the-fight-for-gay-marriage-is-only-the-start-of-a-long-struggle-313385.html. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Online Multimedia

YearPublication
(2016)'President Trump and the new face of democracy in America', University College Cork News and Views, 9 November 2016 (with link to 10 November 2016 RTE Morning Ireland radio interview on the election result): http://www.ucc.ie/en/about/uccnews/fullstory-717828-en.html.
Laurence Davis (2016) 'President Trump and the new face of democracy in America', University College Cork News and Views, 9 November 2016 (with link to 10 November 2016 RTE Morning Ireland radio interview on the election result): http://www.ucc.ie/en/about/uccnews/fullstory-717828-en.html. Online Multimedia [Details]
(2016)'Trump and the future of democracy', University College Cork News and Views, 3 October 2016 (with link to 30 September 2016 Newstalk FM radio interview with Sean Moncrieff on 'The Crisis of Democracy'): http://www.ucc.ie/en/about/uccnews/fullstory-708238-en.html.
Laurence Davis (2016) 'Trump and the future of democracy', University College Cork News and Views, 3 October 2016 (with link to 30 September 2016 Newstalk FM radio interview with Sean Moncrieff on 'The Crisis of Democracy'): http://www.ucc.ie/en/about/uccnews/fullstory-708238-en.html. Online Multimedia [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2015High Impact Research Dissemination Support Scheme Grant University College Cork College of Business and Law
2014Invited Member, Anarchism and (Homo)Sexuality Research Network London School of Economics and Leeds University
2014High Impact Research Dissemination Support Scheme Grant University College Cork College of Business and Law
2013High Impact Research Dissemination Support Scheme Grant University College Cork College of Business and Law
2008Research Affiliate, EU Marie Curie Project on European Peace and Protest Movements Since 1945 European Union Marie Curie Project
2008EU Marie Curie Conference and Training Grant European Union
1999Millennium Research Fund Award National University of Ireland, Galway
1998President's Research Award University College Dublin
1992Training Bursary Royal Historical Society, U.K.
1992Overseas Research Student Award Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals in London

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Political Studies Association of Ireland Member01-JAN-15 /
Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom Member01-JAN-15 /
American Political Science Association Member01-JAN-15 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2017)Solidarity and Utopia: 18th Utopian Studies Society Europe Conference,
Laurence Davis (2017) 'Democracy, Solidarity and Utopia in the Era of Trump'. [Oral Presentation], Solidarity and Utopia: 18th Utopian Studies Society Europe Conference, University of Gdansk, Poland . [Details]
(2017)Trump's America,
Laurence Davis (2017) 'Progressive Populism in the Age of Trump'. [Oral Presentation], Trump's America, University College Dublin Clinton Institute . [Details]
(2017)Anarchism, Radicalism, Utopianism - Actors, Communes and Movements in Global History Perspectives,
Laurence Davis (2017) 'Anarchism and Utopianism'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Anarchism, Radicalism, Utopianism - Actors, Communes and Movements in Global History Perspectives, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Konstanz, Germany . [Details]
(2017)9th Annual UCC Journalism Society Conference,
Laurence Davis (2017) 'Politics and the Media'. [Keynote Speaker], 9th Annual UCC Journalism Society Conference, University College Cork . [Details]
(2017)Public Symposium on America in the Era of Trump,
Laurence Davis (2017) 'The Politics of Populism'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Public Symposium on America in the Era of Trump, University College Cork . [Details]
(2016)Seminar on Religion and Homosexuality,
Laurence Davis (2016) 'Introduction'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Seminar on Religion and Homosexuality, University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2016)Roundtable on the U.S. Presidential Election,
Laurence Davis (2016) 'The U.S. Presidential Election and the Crisis of Democracy'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Roundtable on the U.S. Presidential Election, University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2016)Anarchist Studies Network 4th International Conference: Anarcha-feminism,
Laurence Davis (2016) 'Revolutionary Love'. [Oral Presentation], Anarchist Studies Network 4th International Conference: Anarcha-feminism, Loughborough University, UK . [Details]
(2016)Degrowth Conference 2016,
Laurence Davis (2016) 'The Craft Utopia of William Morris'. [Oral Presentation], Degrowth Conference 2016, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary . [Details]
(2016)500 Years of Utopia: 17th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society,
Laurence Davis (2016) '500 Years of Utopias: Developments, Transformations, and Trajectories'. [Plenary Lecture], 500 Years of Utopia: 17th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal . [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2015,
Laurence Davis (2015) 'The Marriage Referendum and the Left in Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2015, University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2015)2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Laurence Davis (2015) 'Anarchism and the Democratization of Democracy'. [Oral Presentation], 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, California, U.S.A . [Details]
(2015)Lewis Glucksman Gallery'In Detail' Public Lecture,
Laurence Davis (2015) 'From the Medieval Guild to the Ecotopian Future: William Morris and the Craft of Revolution'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Lewis Glucksman Gallery'In Detail' Public Lecture, University College Cork . [Details]
(2015)UCC Public Seminar: Perspectives on the Marriage Equality Referendum,
Laurence Davis (2015) 'Love and Marriage'. [Oral Presentation], UCC Public Seminar: Perspectives on the Marriage Equality Referendum, University College Cork . [Details]
(2014)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2014,
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Anarchism and Radical Participatory Democracy'. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2014, National University of Ireland, Galway . [Details]
(2014)Anarchist Studies Network 3rd International Conference,
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Anarchism and the Radical Democratic Tradition'. [Oral Presentation], Anarchist Studies Network 3rd International Conference, Loughborough University, UK . [Details]
(2014)Utopia and Nonviolence: 15th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society,
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Ideologies and Utopia'. [Oral Presentation], Utopia and Nonviolence: 15th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Charles University in Prague . [Details]
(2014)Radical Americas Symposium,
Laurence Davis (2014) 'The Radical Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed'. [Oral Presentation], Radical Americas Symposium, University College London, UK . [Details]
(2014)64th Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom,
Laurence Davis (2014) 'Anarchism and Radical Democracy'. [Oral Presentation], 64th Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, Manchester, U.K . [Details]
(2013)14th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2013) 'Green Imperatives, Democratic Politics, and the Grounded Utopian Imagination'. [Oral Presentation], 14th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, New Lanark, Scotland . [Details]
(2013)School of Sociology and Philosophy Public Seminar on the Concept of Transformation,
Laurence Davis (2013) 'The Concept of Utopia and Theories of Transformation'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], School of Sociology and Philosophy Public Seminar on the Concept of Transformation, University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)75th Anniversary Sociology Department Seminar,
Laurence Davis (2013) 'Will the Real Democracy Please Stand Up? Debating Democracy, Active Citizenship, and the Politics of Work, Technology, and Social Equality at the Dawn of the 21st Century'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], 75th Anniversary Sociology Department Seminar, National University of Ireland Maynooth . [Details]
(2013)MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism Seminar,
Laurence Davis (2013) 'Political Ideologies and Contemporary Social Movements: the Anarchist Turn'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism Seminar, National University of Ireland Maynooth . [Details]
(2012)Second Anarchist Studies Network Conference,
Laurence Davis (2012) 'Real Democracy and the Revolutions of our Time'. [Oral Presentation], Second Anarchist Studies Network Conference, Loughborough University, U.K . [Details]
(2012)Play and the Creation of Culture in the Modern World,
Laurence Davis (2012) 'Art, Work, Politics and Play'. [Oral Presentation], Play and the Creation of Culture in the Modern World, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland . [Details]
(2011)New Agendas in Social Movements Studies Conference,
Laurence Davis (2011) 'The Irish Ship to Gaza and the Revolutions of our Time'. [Oral Presentation], New Agendas in Social Movements Studies Conference, National University of Ireland Maynooth . [Details]
(2011)12th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2011) 'Utopia and Social Movements'. [Oral Presentation], 12th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus . [Details]
(2010)Sociology Department Seminar,
Laurence Davis (2010) 'The So-Called Science of Sociology: Sociology, Political Theory, and the Elusive Quest for Scientific Method'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Sociology Department Seminar, University College Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2010)Sociology Department Seminar,
Laurence Davis (2010) 'The Political Economy of Love'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Sociology Department Seminar, National University of Ireland Maynooth . [Details]
(2009)34th International Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies,
Laurence Davis (2009) 'The Abolition of Work?'. [Oral Presentation], 34th International Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, U.S.A . [Details]
(2009)Tenth International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2009) 'Morris, Wilde, and Le Guin on the Politics of Art'. [Oral Presentation], Tenth International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, University of Porto, Portugal . [Details]
(2009)Alternative Futures and Popular Protest: 14th International Conference,
Laurence Davis (2009) 'Murray Bookchin and the Euro-American Counterculture'. [Oral Presentation], Alternative Futures and Popular Protest: 14th International Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K . [Details]
(2008)Love in Our World: An International Conference,
Laurence Davis (2008) 'Anarchy, Love and Revolution'. [Oral Presentation], Love in Our World: An International Conference, Manchester University, U.K . [Details]
(2008)First Anarchist Studies Network Conference,
Laurence Davis (2008) 'Anarchism and the Political Theory of Revolution'. [Oral Presentation], First Anarchist Studies Network Conference, Loughborough University, U.K . [Details]
(2008)Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe, 1945-1989,
Laurence Davis (2008) 'The Anarchist Roots and Legacies of the Revolutionary Personalism of 1968'. [Oral Presentation], Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe, 1945-1989, Marie Curie Summer School, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic . [Details]
(2008)1968: Impact and Implications,
Laurence Davis (2008) 'The Anarchist Revolutionary Legacies of 1968'. [Oral Presentation], 1968: Impact and Implications, Birkbeck College, University of London, U.K . [Details]
(2008)Rethinking Labour: Labour, Affect and Material Culture,
Laurence Davis (2008) 'Pleasurable Labour'. [Oral Presentation], Rethinking Labour: Labour, Affect and Material Culture, University College Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(2007)Fourth Annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory,
Laurence Davis (2007) 'Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism: A Bridgeable Chasm?'. [Oral Presentation], Fourth Annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K . [Details]
(2007)Revolutions and Sexualities: Cultural and Social Aspects of Political Transformations,
Laurence Davis (2007) 'Love and Revolution in Ursula K. Le Guin's Story Suite Four Ways to Forgiveness'. [Oral Presentation], Revolutions and Sexualities: Cultural and Social Aspects of Political Transformations, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland . [Details]
(2007)New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness,
Laurence Davis (2007) 'Utopianism Then and Now: A Bridgeable Chasm?'. [Oral Presentation], New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada . [Details]
(2007)M.A. Seminar on Utopias by Women,
Laurence Davis (2007) 'Ursula K. Le Guin'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], M.A. Seminar on Utopias by Women, Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Portugal . [Details]
(2006)Third Annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory,
Laurence Davis (2006) 'Love and Revolution in Le Guin's Four Ways to Forgiveness'. [Oral Presentation], Third Annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K . [Details]
(2006)Seventh International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2006) 'Anarchism, Utopia, and the Test of Art'. [Oral Presentation], Seventh International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain . [Details]
(2005)Morris in the 21st Century: The 50th Anniversary Conference of the William Morris Society,
Laurence Davis (2005) 'Art and Labour in the Political Writings of William Morris'. [Oral Presentation], Morris in the 21st Century: The 50th Anniversary Conference of the William Morris Society, Royal Holloway College, University of London, U.K . [Details]
(2005)Political Theory Seminar,
Laurence Davis (2005) 'The Revolutionary Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Political Theory Seminar, Queen's University Belfast, U.K . [Details]
(2004)2004 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Laurence Davis (2004) 'The Dialectic of Labour in the Political Thought of William Morris'. [Oral Presentation], 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A . [Details]
(2003)2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Laurence Davis (2003) 'Utopianism and the Permanence of the Political'. [Oral Presentation], 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A . [Details]
(2002)Philosophy Colloquium,
Laurence Davis (2002) 'The Philosophy of Utopia'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Philosophy Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(2001)26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies,
Laurence Davis (2001) 'Social Conflict, Historical Change, and the Utopian Imagination'. [Oral Presentation], 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A . [Details]
(2001)Second International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2001) 'Utopia and Social Theory'. [Oral Presentation], Second International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, New Lanark, Scotland . [Details]
(2000)25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies,
Laurence Davis (2000) 'Utopian Political Thought: A Pluralist Defence'. [Oral Presentation], 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada . [Details]
(2000)First International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe,
Laurence Davis (2000) 'Isaiah Berlin, William Morris, and the Politics of Utopia'. [Oral Presentation], First International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe, Nottingham University, U.K . [Details]
(1999)International Conference on Nationalism, Identity, and Minority Rights: Sociological and Political Perspectives,
Laurence Davis (1999) 'Liberals, Democrats, and Cultural Pluralists'. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Nationalism, Identity, and Minority Rights: Sociological and Political Perspectives, Bristol University, U.K . [Details]
(1999)International Conference on Racism and the Challenges of Multiculturalism,
Laurence Davis (1999) 'The Politics of Cultural Pluralism'. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Racism and the Challenges of Multiculturalism, Rhodes University, South Africa . [Details]
(1999)M.Phil. in Ethnic and Racial Studies Seminar,
Laurence Davis (1999) 'Liberalism and the Challenges of Democratic Cultural Pluralism'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], M.Phil. in Ethnic and Racial Studies Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(1999)International Conference on a Millennium of Utopias: The Theory, History and Future of Utopias,
Laurence Davis (1999) 'Is Utopian Political Thought Necessarily Totalitarian?'. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on a Millennium of Utopias: The Theory, History and Future of Utopias, University of East Anglia, U.K . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Academic Council Staff Development Committee Member2017 /
Athena SWAN Steering Group Member2016 /
Michael Harrington Book Award Committee, New Political Science Caucus of the American Political Science Association Judge2015 / 2016
Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Government, University College Cork Chair and Director of the PhD in Government2015 /
Equality Committee, University College Cork LGBT Network Staff Liaison Officer2015 /
LGBT Staff Network, University College Cork Chair2015 /
Research Cluster on Governance and Democracy, University College Cork Founding Chair2012 / 2014
Internationalisation Committee, University College Cork Co-chair of the Faculty Internationalisation Working Group2012 / 2013
International Research Quality Review-mandated Faculty Committee on Research Clusters, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Chair2009 / 2010
Research Cluster on Critical Political Thought, Activism, and Alternative Futures, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Founding Chair2009 / 2010
Curriculum Development Committee, B.A. Politics, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Member2008 / 2010
Steering Committee of the Utopian Studies Society Europe Elected Member2006 /
Steering Committee of the Society for Utopian Studies Membership Secretary2005 / 2008

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1996Oxford University DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHYPolitics (Political Theory)
1988Columbia University BACHELOR OF ARTSPolitical Science

Outreach Activities

 Description

Alumni Interviewer - Ireland region, Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia College of Columbia University (2015-present)

Co-founder, Jewish Voice for Just Peace - Ireland (2014-present)

Coordinator and Media Spokesperson, Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign (2010-2012)

Member, Free University Network (2012-present)

Associate Member and Member of the Curriculum Design Group, Social Science Centre, Lincoln, U.K. (2010-present)

St. Antony's College, Oxford University - Ireland Liaison Officer (1997-present)

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Interface Member of Editorial Board-
Studies In Social Justice Referee-
Anarchist Studies Referee-
Utopian Studies Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Series Editor, Manchester University Press (formerly Bloomsbury) Contemporary Anarchist Studies Book Series (2010-present)

Co-founder, M.A. Degree in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2009-2010)

English-language Moderator, Research on Anarchism List (2014-2015)

Founding Member, U.K. Anarchist Studies Network (2005-present)

Founding Member, Labor Project, American Political Science Association (2005-present)

Teaching Interests

Dr. Davis teaches across the full spectrum of the Department's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, leading modules at first, second, third, fourth year and MA/MBS levels, supervising postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations and work placement students, and contributing to the GREP PhD in Social Science programme. His chief teaching interests are in political theory and ideologies, democracy and active citizenship, and the politics of social change. Responsible for all of the Department's offerings in these areas, he also delivers its modules on U.S. politics, citizenship and human rights, the governance of science and technology, and the politics of ecology. Having previously held positions at Oxford University, Ruskin College, the Stanford University Centre in Oxford, University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Galway, and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dr. Davis has extensive experience over many years of teaching, assessment, counselling, research supervision, administration, module/course leadership, and course and curriculum development. The Department's Mature Students Officer, he has a particular interest in adult education, and in employing the tools of education to overcome social marginality and to foster critical political thought and action.

Dr. Davis is Director of the Department's PhD programme, and welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in any area of radical political thought. Proposals focusing on anarchist studies, utopian studies, democratic and revolutionary theory, and the politics of love and radical/revolutionary transformation are particularly welcome. So, too, are proposals that combine theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism. More information about the PhD in Government programme, including application procedures and sources of financial support, is available here: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/phd/. Informal queries are also very welcome, and may be sent to Dr. Davis at l.davis@ucc.ie.


Current teaching

2016-GV1204: Democracy, Ideology and Utopia
2016-GV3215: Politics of the United States of America
2016-GV3216: Contemporary Ecological and Anti-Capitalist Politics
2016-GV4409: Political Ideologies and Social Change
2016-GV6103: Re-Imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World GV6103Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World
2018Politics of the United States of America GV3215Politics of the United States of America
2018Political Ideologies and Social Change GV4409Political Ideologies and Social Change
2018Contemporary Ecological and Anti-Capitalist Politics GV3216Contemporary Ecological and Anti-Capitalist Politics
2018Democracy, Ideology and Utopia GV1204Democracy, Ideology and Utopia

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Professor Vincent Geoghegan Queen's University of BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Dr. Laurence Cox National University of Ireland, MaynoothIRELAND
Professor Martha Ackelsberg Smith CollegeU.S.A.
Professor Richard Cleminson Leeds UniversityUNITED KINGDOM
Professor Peter Stillman Vassar CollegeU.S.A.
Professor John Clark Loyola UniversityU.S.A.
Professor Ruth Kinna Loughborough UniversityUNITED KINGDOM