Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton.
Specialist research areas:
British fascist and far right ideology since 1918; imperialism and fascist ideology; conspiracy theory; Far right and mainstream British politics; Holocaust denial; contemporary radical right; right-wing populism
Available for consultation in the following areas:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and workshops; policy formation / reports; government consultancy; third sector / charity engagement; live / pre-recorded media interviews (including print, online, radio and television); and editorials.
Dr Paul Stocker is a specialist on fascist and far right movements within Britain and beyond. He has written on a wide range of related subjects both for academic and general audiences as well as given interviews on radio.
Having completed his doctorate – which examined the relationship between fascist and far right ideology and imperial decline – in 2017, Dr Stocker is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton. His first book, English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right (Melville House) was published in the Autumn of 2017 and explored how far right ideas became normalised in the short and long term run up to Britain‘s 2016’s vote to leave the European Union. It was nominated The Guardian’s book of the day in November 2017 and has received favourable reviews in Prospect, The London School of Economics British Politics and Policy Blog, The Irish Independent and Naked Politics. In addition, he has written editorials on similar topics for i Newspaper, The New European, Quietus, LSE Brexit Blog, Open Democracy and Politics.co.uk. He has also given interviews for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, LBC Radio, TalkRadio Europe and Monocle Radio on his research as well as the contemporary far right more generally.
He has also published a number of academic works. This includes peer-reviewed journal articles on historical fascist movements and their ideology in Contemporary British History and Religion Compass as well as on the Holocaust in Estonia for Baltic Worlds. He has written several book reviews and review essays for journals such as Patterns of Prejudice and English Historical Review. Furthermore, Dr Stocker has recently published an edited collection of essays (with Matthew Feldman and Jorge Dagnino) entitled The ‘New Man’ in Radical Right Ideology and Practise, 1918-1945 (Routledge, 2018). He is currently working on his forthcoming book, Lost Imperium: Far Right Visions of the British Empire, c.1920-1980 to be published by Routledge in 2019. He has disseminated his research at a range of international conferences and seminars in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, London and Paris.
Dr Stocker has also undertaken consultancy work whilst a Research Associate at the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies. This has included creating training materials for Prevent practitioners as well as co-writing a major report into the contemporary far right with Matthew Feldman, published in collaboration with leading counter-radicalisation research centres SETA and Hedayah. In addition, he has given talks at Community Question Events hosted by the Hammersmith and Fulham Prevent team on subjects including conspiracy theory and far right ideology.