The Sick List, Boiler House Press, forthcoming September 2020.

Wretch. Schism Neuronics, 2020.

Cynicism. MIT Press, 2020.

The Cynical Educator. Mayfly Books, 2017.

with Roy Goddard Education and Philosophy: An Introduction. SAGE, 2017.

Benign Violence: Education in and beyond the Age of Reason. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Ansgar Allen Diogenes Cynicism

Short prose

‘Island’ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 29 October 2020.

‘Mountain’ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 22 October 2020.

‘Brass head’, 19 October 2020.

‘Foam’ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 8 October 2020.

‘Cordite’ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 1 October 2020.

Vapour‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 24 September 2020.

Minimal ArrangementsSeiren Quarterly, 11 September 2020.

Crossbow‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 27 August 2020.

64720 AUSELFFUCK, 26 August 2020.

Collapse‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 20 August 2020.

Terraqueous‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 6 August 2020.

Lamplighters‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 30 July 2020.

A Distended CrustInvert/Extant, 21 July 2020.

The garden‘ Driftworks series, Minor Literature[s], 9 July 2020.

The sun with fliesStone of Madness Press, July 2020.

The draw of itQueen Mob’s Teahouse, 22 April 2020.

Three daysBerfrois, 20 April 2020.

On Concrete‘ on Concrete by Vomir/Emile Bojesen, Hoopoe Industries, 17 April 2020.

‘Whereas I wear grey trousers’ In C. Patracchini (ed) Felt: Aesthetics of Grey. ZenoPress, 2018.

‘G_____’ Queen Mob’s TeaHouse, 24 April 2018.

‘G_____’ ZenoPress Online Magazine, 30 January 2018.


WRETCH a short film‘, May 2020.

Trailer for WRETCH‘, March 2020.


‘Driftworks’ (words by Ansgar Allen, sound by Emile Bojesen), Hoopoe Industries/Minor Literature[s] 2020.

Sentences from a book‘, December 2018 – released May 2020.


Interviewed on ‘Start the Week: Classics and class‘, BBC Radio 4, 25 May 2020.

Provocation: by reforming assessment, do we conceal power relations in the university?Confronting Assessment, University of Sheffield, 1 March 2017.

CHC Episode 7: The Examined LifeCHILDHOOD: History and Critique, Society for the history of childhood and youth, 23 February 2015.


‘Reviving Cynicism’ New Humanist, forthcoming 2020.

with Emile Bojesen ‘The Noble Critic of Online Education: Agamben and Techno-FascismBerfrois, 1 June 2020.

Medieval Sickness and Modern Education‘ Medium, 24 March 2020.

Extinction Rebellion and European NihilismBerfrois, 24 October 2019.

The school that helped make Milo YiannopoulosBerfrois, 8 May 2018.

Toby Young: what is ‘progressive eugenics’ and what does it have to do with meritocracy?The Conversation, 5 January 2018.

After Freshers’ Flu: The University, 25 September 2017.

The redemptive impulse: rethinking our relation to, 20 September 2017.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Taking a Position Against Grammar 18 April 2017.

The Suckitude of the U.K. Christmas, 22 December 2016.

All Roll Over and None Fall 24 August 2016.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Schools like prisons, prisons like schools’ openDemocracy, 12 February 2016.

On Leaving 5 June 2015.

Forcing a smile: the plight of today’s educatorDiscover Society, 1 February 2015. Issue 17

The objects of researchTimes Higher Education, 6 November 2014.

‘In praise of the economically illiterate academic’ openDemocracy, 4 April 2014.

Academic writing – why bother?openDemocracy, 5 March 2014.

Forget MeritocracyResearch Intelligence. Issue 120, Spring 2013, 27-8.

Foucault, disciplinary power and the dangerous 7 April 2013.

Foucault and the World University: Ansgar Allen 4 February 2013.

The solitary academic: a dying breed openDemocracy, 14 February 2013.

The heart of British schools and Gove’s ‘dark place’openDemocracy, 3 September 2012.

The British public elects their JesusopenDemocracy, 26 July 2012.

You never will be a rock star“: Britain, social mobility and the exploitation of hope’ openDemocracy, 11 November 2011.

Academic Papers

Principles of Abject Criticism‘ Issue 1, The Educator, 2020.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Bartleby is Dead: Inverting common readings of Melville’s Bartleby the ScrivenerAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 24(5), 61-72, 2019.

‘The Culture of Education: Ancient Cynicism and ‘the scandal of the truth” Materiali Foucaultiani. 7(13-14), 75-92, 2018.

with Emile Bojesen ‘The Economic Problem of Masochism in Education’ Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics 6(1), 55-85, 2018.

‘Beckett and the plight of the educator’ Other Education. 7(2), 88-96, 2018.

‘The End of Education: Nietzsche, Foucault, Genealogy’ Philosophical Inquiry in Education. 25(1), 47-65, 2018.

‘Awaiting Education: Friedrich Nietzsche on the Future of Our Educational Institutions’ Philosophical Inquiry in Education. 24(2), 197-210, 2017.

‘Education, Mastery and the Marquis de Sade’ Other Education, 5(2), 39-55, 2016.

‘Out of weakness: the ‘educational good’ in late antiquity’ Pedagogy, Culture & Society  24(2), 239-254, 2016.

The Cynical EducatorOther Education 4(1), 4-15, 2015.

with Roy Goddard ‘The domestication of Foucault: government, critique, war’ History of the Human Sciences 27(5), 26-53, 2014. 

The Examined Life: On the Formation of Souls and SchoolingAmerican Educational Research Journal 50(2), 216-250, 2013.

Cultivating the myopic learner: the shared project of high and low-stakes assessmentBritish Journal of Sociology of Education 33(5), 641-659, 2012.

‘Life without the ‘x’ factor – meritocracy past and present’ Power and Education 4(1), 4-19, 2012.

Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy: a Philosophical CritiqueBritish Journal of Educational Studies 59(4), 367-382, 2011.

The idea of a world university: can Foucauldian research offer a vision of educational futures?Pedagogy, Culture & Society 19(3), 367-383, 2011.

The Foucauldian Peacekeeper: on the dispersion of power and the futility of change’ Power and Education 1(2), 226-237, 2009.


Editorial. Radicalism, Education and Political PracticePower and Education, 5 (3), 262-267, 2013.


‘Ancient Schools and the Challenge of Cynicism’ In Avi Mintz (ed) A History of Western Philosophy of Education in Antiquity (500BCE-500CE). London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

‘Entwicklungspsychologie’ In: Krönig, Franz Kasper (ed) Kritisches Glossar Kindheitspädagogik. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, 2018.

Psychology and Education: Unquestionable Goods’ In. T. Williams, T. Billington, D. Goodley. & T. Corcoran (eds) Critical Educational Psychology. Wiley, 2016.

‘The Idea of a World University’. In M. Murphy (ed) Social Theory and Educational Research, volume 4: Governance and Management: Performativity, audit cultures and accountability. pp. 23-38. London: Sage, 2013.

with Anderson, K., Bristol, L., Downs, Y., O´Neill, D., Watts, R. & Wu, Q. (2009) ‘Resisting the Unethical in Formalised Ethics: Perspectives and Experiences’. In Satterthwaite, Piper, Sikes (eds) Power in the Academy, 135-152. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd, 2009.


Strategy’ In M. Cheeseman, F. Collignon & J. Miller (eds) Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms. Spirit Duplicator, forthcoming.

Schooling‘ In. E. Burman & D. Cook (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Children and Childhood Studies: Volume 4. SAGE, 2020.

Education’ In M. Cheeseman, F. Collignon & J. Miller (eds) Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms: Volume Two. Spirit Duplicator, 2019.

Meritocracy‘ In M. Peters (Ed) Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, 2016.

‘Michel Foucault’. In D. Phillips (ed) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. SAGE, 2014.

Using Foucault in educational research British Educational Research Association on-line resource, 2012.


‘Book Review: NihilismFull Stop, 14 November 2019.

‘Book Review: The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon LiteratureBritish Journal of Educational Studies, 67(3), 411-413, 2019.

‘Book Review: Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobilityBritish Journal of Educational Studies, 66(2), 284-285, 2018.

‘Book Review: Happiness, Hope and Despair: Rethinking the Role of EducationPolicy Futures in Education, 15(6), 803-804, 2017.

‘Book Review: Against Value in the Arts and EducationEducational Philosophy and Theory, 49(10), 1045-1046, 2017.

‘Book Review: A Companion to FoucaultPhilosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 2015.

‘Book Review: Ideas of Education: philosophy and politics from Plato to DeweyBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62(3), 355-357, 2014.

‘Book Review: Meritocratic education and social worthlessnessBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62(2), 225-226, 2014.

‘Book Review: Confucius, the Analects and Western EducationBritish Educational Research Journal 40(5), 908-909, 2014.

‘Book Review: The Cambridge Introduction to Michel FoucaultPower and Education 1(3), 358-360, 2010.

‘Review Essay: Why Foucault? New directions in educational researchPedagogy, Culture & Society 16(3), 315 – 320, 2008.