Dr Chris Wilson

I hold a PhD in Political Science and International Relations and a Master of Arts from the Australian National University. I also hold postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Otago University (NZ).


My research and teaching focus on political violence and extremism. In particular, I examine the causes of violent conflict, genocide, far right and white nationalist extremism, terrorism and hate crimes. Before joining the University of Auckland I held professional roles in conflict analysis and prevention with the World Bank and United Nations. I am the Programme Director of the Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies (MCTS). I am very happy to discuss the MCTS with interested students.

Research | Current

  • White nationalist and far right violence
  • Ethnic and religious conflict, insurgency and civil war
  • Terrorism, extremism and radicalisation
  • South and South East Asian Politics
  • Political Violence in Asia

My current research projects are focused on processes of radicalisation to extremist and other forms of political violence. I also research hate crimes and anti-immigration sentiment. I am nearing completion of a book on nativism and nativist violence around the world.

In addition to the publications listed below, the following publication are published or forthcoming:

Nostalgia, entitlement and victimhood: White Genocide, Misogyny and the Current Wave of Violence,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 2020.

The Ubiquity of Terror: Politically Motivated Killing of Civilians,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, forthcoming 2021.

"Does the Scale or Speed of Immigration Generate Nativism? Evidence from a Comparison of New Zealand Regions," Journal on Migration and Human Security 2021 (with Sanjal Shastri and Henry Frear).

Teaching | Current

Postgraduate supervision

I am very interested in supervising postgraduate students in the following topics, among others:

  • Ethnic and religious conflict, riots, insurgency and civil war
  • Terrorism and violent extremism
  • Online and offline radicalisation
  • Far right and white nationalist extremism
  • Islamist extremism
  • Hate crimes
  • Authoritarianism, democratisation
  • Illiberal democracy and oligarchy in Asia
  • South East Asian Politics
  • South Asian Politics


I am the Programme Director of the Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies (MCTS). I am available to discuss our programme with interested students.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Wilson, C., & Akhtar, S. (2019). Repression, co-optation and insurgency: Pakistan’s FATA, Southern Thailand and Papua, Indonesia. Third World Quarterly, 40 (4), 710-726. 10.1080/01436597.2018.1557012
  • Wilson, C. (2019). Military Anxiety and Genocide: Explaining Campaigns of Annihilation (and their absence). Journal of Genocide Research10.1080/14623528.2019.1592806
  • Wilson, C. (2018). Ethnic, religious, and regional conflict. Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia (pp. 118-128). 10.4324/9781315628837
  • Wilson, C. J. (2017). Conflict and anti-minority violence. The state of conflict and violence in Asia (pp. 208-217). Bangkok: The Asia Foundation.
  • Wilson, C. J. (2017). Ideological motives in spoiler violence: Postconflict Assam, Northeast India. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23 (3), 280-296. 10.1080/13537113.2017.1344765
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36813
  • Wilson, C. (2016). Ongoing rebel violence in autonomous regions: Assam, Northeast India. Pacific Affairs, 89 (2), 287-307. 10.5509/2016892287
  • Wilson, C. J. (2015). Illiberal Democracy and Violent Conflict in Contemporary Indonesia. Democratization10.1080/13510347.2014.949680
  • Wilson, C. J. (2015). Imposing Internal Order on States. In E. Kavalski (Ed.) Encounters with World Affairs: An Introduction to International Relations (pp. 311-328). United Kingdom: Ashgate. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 505
New Zealand

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