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Department of Politics

Professor Carl Levy BA MA PhD

Position held:
Professor of Politics

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Office hours:
Monday 14:00-16:00

Biographical information

I joined the Department in 1991. I formerly held posts at Queen Mary Westfield College, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the Open University. I received a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA and PhD from the London School of Economics. From 1992 to 1997, I was on the Executive Committee of the Association for the study of Modern Italy and am joint convenor of the research seminar, Modern Italian History: the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. I was inaugural Head of Department of Politics from 2002 to 2006.

I have held visiting fellowships and professorships at Nuffield and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and LUISS, Rome. I have been interviewed on the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, Sky TV and BBC World Service.


  1. First Year Undergraduate: UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics: Spring term (France, Germany and Italy).
  2. Second Year Undergraduate: Comparative European Politics, full year.
  3. Third year Undergraduate: Anarchism, one term.
  4. Masters: The Government and Politics of the European Union, one term.

Areas of supervision

  1. Anarchism and Syndicalism
  2. Antonio Gramsci
  3. Comparative European Politics  
  4. European Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Policy
  5. European Regulation of E-Economy and Digital Media
  6. Higher Education in Europe since 1945/History of the Educated and Political Sociology of the Middle Classes in Europe
  7. Modern and Contemporary Italian History and Politics (1861 to present)

Research interests

I have pubished widely in the fields of comparative European history and politics, modern Italian politics and history, and policymaking and regulation within the European Union.


  1. C. Levy (ed.), Socialism and the Intelligentsia 1880-1914 (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1987).
  2. C. Levy, (ed.), Italian Regionalism: History, Identity and Politics (Berg, 1996).
  3. C. Levy with J. Littlewood and V. Symes (eds.), The Future of Europe: Problems and Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Macmillan, 1997).
  4. C. Levy, Gramsci and the Anarchists, (Berg, 1999).
  5. C. Levy with A. Bloch (eds.), Refugees, Citizenship and Social Policy in Europe (Macmillan, 1999)
  6. C. Levy with M. Roseman (eds.), Three Postwar Eras in Comparison. Western Europe 1918-1945-1989 (Palgrave, 2001).


Selected recent articles and book chapters (since 2005): 

  1. C. Levy. ‘The European Union after 9/11: The Demise of a Liberal Democratic Asylum Regime?’, Government and Opposition , Vol. 40, No. 1, 2005, pp. 26-59.
  2. C. Levy, ‘Intellectual Unemployment and Political Radicalism in Italy, 1968-1982’, in A. Cento Bull and A. Giorgio (eds.), Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s, Legenda, London, 2006, pp. 129-44.
  3. C. Levy, ‘Lords and Peasants’, in S. Berger (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century European History (1789-1914), Blackwell, Oxford, 2006, pp. 70-85.
  4. C. Levy, ‘”Sovversivismo”: The Radical Political Culture of Otherness in Liberal Italy’, Journal of Political Ideologies , Vol. 12, No. 2, 2007, pp. 147-161.
  5. C. Levy, ‘The Anarchist Assassin in Italian History, 1870s to 1930s’, in S. Gundle and L. Rinaldi (eds.), Assassination and Murder in Modern Italy. Transformations in Society and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, New York/London, 2007, pp. 207-232.
  6. C. Levy, L’État fasciste, antisémitisme et la Shoah : les grands courants historiographiques’, Revue d’Histoire de la Shoah, no. 189, July-December 2008, pp. 497-510.
  7. C. Levy, ‘Refugees, Europe, Camps/State of Exception: “Into the Zone”, the European Union and Extraterritorial Processing of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers (Theories and Practice), Refugee Survey Quarterly , Vol. 29, No. 1, 2010, pp. 92-119.
  8. C. Levy, ‘The Rooted Cosmopolitan: Errico Malatesta, Syndicalism, Transnationalism and the International Labour Movement’, D. Berry and C. Bantman (eds.), New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour & Syndicalism: The Individual, the National and the Transnational, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle, 2010, pp, 61-79.
  9. C. Levy, 'Social Histories of Anarchism', Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2010, pp. 1-44. 
  10. C. Levy, 'Anarchism and Cosmopolitanism', Journal of Political Ideologies , Vol. 16, No. 3, 2011, pp. 265-278.
  11. C. Levy, (Editor of Special Issue of Anarchist Studies on Colin Ward), 'Introduction: Colin Ward (1924-2010)', Anarchist Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2011, pp. 7-15

Forthcoming monographs include: Antonio Gramsci: Machiavelli, Marxism and Modernism, Polity, Cambridge, 2012 and The Rooted Cosmopolitan: Errico Malatesta, a Life in Exile.


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