School of Social and Political Science

Lukas Slothuus

Job Title

PhD student


I am a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Edinburgh. Up to date information can be found on my website I tweet at @lslothuus.

In 2018, I was a visiting graduate student in the Department of Government at Cornell University and in 2019 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) through my affiliation with their Research School on Peace and Conflict.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have over five years of teaching experience at Edinburgh. I have completed both the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) and the Edinburgh Teaching Award.


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

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Higher Education) (PgCAP), University of Edinburgh (2020)

Visiting Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2019)

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

MSc in Politics (by Research) (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2016), ESRC funded

MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy (Distinction), Central Saint Martins  (2015) (interview), AHRC funded

BSc Government (First Class Honours), London School of Economics and Political Science (2013), awarded the Outstanding Performance Prize for Best Dissertation (interview)

Funding and awards

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, 2019, 2020, 2021), Seminar tutor

International Political Economy (2020), Seminar tutor

War and Justice (2017), Seminar tutor

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

Academic Skills Development (2021), Workshop leader



Slothuus, L. (2018) Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colony by Barbara Arneil. Contemporary Political Theory. (online-first)

Slothuus, L. (2014) Signs and Machines by Maurizio Lazzarato. Studies in Social and Political Thought (24), 79-83. (PDF)

Slothuus, L. (2013) The Making of the Indebted Man by Maurizio Lazzarato. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books (online access).

Non-academic (selection in English)

When the Pie Shrinks, Jacobin Magazine, 20 June 2019.

A new dawn for the Danish radical left?, Red Pepper, 10 September 2018. Translated into Spanish: ¿Un nuevo amanecer para la izquierda radical danesa?El Salto Diario, 2 October 2018.

Beneath the pavement..., Content Journal, September 2018 issue.

Selection in Danish

Strejke lammer 60 britiske universiteter [Strike paralyzes 60 British universities],, 3 December 2019.

Britisk storstrejke er kulminationen på de konservatives ideologiske kamp mod offentlige universiteter [Major British strike is the culmination of the Conservatives' ideological struggle against public universites], Information, 20 March 2018.

Privatisering med staten i ryggen [Privatisation with backing from the state], Arbejderen, 12 January 2013.

Nedskæringer i SU er forkastelige [Cuts to student state grants are deplorable], Information, 5 January 2013.

Work experience

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

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

Research interests

Research interests

Political theory, Political philosophy, Marxism, Critical theory, Resistance, Contentious politics, Political affect, Radical democracy, Civil disobedience

My research centres on the politics of emancipation and resistance. I am interested in the philosophy of praxis, the status of critical theory today, and debates within Marxist thought. In particular, I am researching the relationship between reason, affect, and emancipation; critical theory and practices of resistance; the role and responsibility of intellectuals vis-à-vis the politics of resistance; 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)