Dr Joe Pateman

BA (Hons), MRes, PhD, FHEA

Department of Politics and International Relations

Teaching Associate

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Dr Joe Pateman
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Dr Joe Pateman joined the Department in October 2021, after finishing his PhD at the University of Nottingham. He teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Politics and International Relations. 

Joe’s main area of research concerns the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism. His research therefore encompasses the ideas and activities of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Vladimir Lenin, in addition to the historical figures, movements, and events that they inspired. A major focus of Joe’s research is the relationship between Marxism, democracy, and the black liberation movement.


•    2022. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
•    2021. PhD Politics, University of Nottingham
•    2017. MRes Politics, University of Nottingham
•    2016. BA (Hons) Politics, First Class, University of Nottingham 

Research interests

Marxism-Leninism is the world's most significant communist ideology. At the height of its influence, Marxism-Leninism governed nearly half the world’s population. Today, it is still the official ideology of China, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos. To understand the history of communism, it is essential to understand Marxism-Leninism.

My research examines the core figures, theories, practices, and movements within the Marxist-Leninist tradition. It does so not only to correct misunderstandings of Marxism-Leninism, thereby deepening our understandings of it, but to also assess its relevance to solving contemporary issues, most notably the struggle against class and racial oppression. For that reason, a core area of research concerns the relationship between Marxism-Leninism, democratic theory, and the liberation struggles of black peoples.

Areas of research interest:

•    Marxism-Leninism
•    The political thought of V. I. Lenin
•    The politics of North Korea 
•    Black liberation struggles
•    Racism
•    African socialism
•    Democratic theory
•    The politics of public libraries



  • Pateman J & Pateman J (2021) Public Libraries and Marxism. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pateman J & Pateman J (2018) Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries Marx, Maslow and Management. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Pateman J & Pateman J (2020) Marx Meets Maslow: An Analytical Framework for Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries In Abbott-Halpin E & Rankin C (Ed.), Public Library Governance: International Perspectives Berlin: International Federation of Library Associations. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas I can supervise in:

•    Marxism-Leninism
•    The political thought of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and V. I. Lenin
•    The politics of North Korea
•    Democratic theory
•    Black liberation struggles


•    2021. Research Assistant funding (£1600) for the research project ‘Demanding the Possible: A Frank and Agonistic Discussion on “Institutional Racism”’

Teaching interests

My teaching philosophy combines a student-centred approach with the fundamentals of critical pedagogy. With the former, I place the student at the centre of their education. I encourage my students to take the lead in our social interactions, and to thereby determine the direction of their learning. I augment these strategies with a critical pedagogical perspective, which draws upon my theoretical training in Marxism-Leninism. Critical pedagogy is founded upon the premise that social class standpoints shape teaching and learning. The goal of my critical pedagogy is to help students identify the class character of the society in which they live, and to thereby develop their critical class consciousness of this society. By doing so, my teaching aims to provide students with the tools to independently identify and challenge the theory and practice of class oppression, including in academia.

Teaching activities

•    Oppression and Resistance 
•    Global Politics of Climate Change 
•    Britain and the European Union 
•    Introduction to Global Political Economy 
•    Understanding Politics 
•    Political Economy of Global Environmental Change 

Professional activities and memberships

•    2021. Ian Tomlin Research Tri-Campus Award (for research excellence), The University of Nottingham
•    2020. Michael Cowan Award (for research excellence, £1000), The University of Nottingham
•    I have refereed article submissions for several peer reviewed journals, including International Critical Thought, Democratic Theory, Human Geography, and Library and Information History