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
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)
- 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
- 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.
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