Dr Aaron Winter

Email: a.winter@uel.ac.uk

Positions:

Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of East London.

Member, Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre (TERC).

Member, Centre for Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC).

Member, Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB).

Specialist Areas of Research:

His research is on right-wing extremism and violence with a focus on racism, and the relationship between extreme and mainstream discourses and politics.

Profile:

Aaron Winter (BA Honours in Political Science, York; MA in Philosophy and Social Theory, Warwick; DPhil in Social and Political Thought, Sussex), is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London. At UEL, he is a member of the Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre (TERC), Centre for Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC) and Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB). Prior to UEL, he taught at Abertay University, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. His research is on right-wing extremism and violence with a focus on racism, and the relationship between extreme and mainstream discourses and politics. He is currently working on three areas: The first, is an analysis of state (political, counter-terror and criminal justice) responses to the US far-right historically. The second, with Aurelien Mondon (Bath), examines liberal racisms and the mainstreaming of the far-right. The third, is on hate crime. This is made up of both research on the current rise in hate incident and hate crimes in Britain and the US and the funded community engagement project ‘Step Up to Stop Hate’, which involves developing and running educational and training materials and workshops for students in East London schools.

Aaron is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge, 2010), New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and Reflexivity in Criminological Research Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (Palgrave, 2014). He has also contributed to Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict (M.E.Sharpe, 2010), and several edited collections including Extremism in America (University Press Florida, 2014), After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, Racism and Free Speech (Zed, 2017) and The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Routledge, forthcoming). He currently has two co-edited books forthcoming:  Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method, Practice (Routledge). He has published articles in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies and Sociological Research Online. His latest is: Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2017. ‘Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?’. Ethnic and Racial Studies Review, V. 40, #13. Winter and Mondon are currently working on the book Reactionary Democracy: Populist Hype, the Far-Right, Racisms and a Lack of Political Imagination (Verso). He has also written for Open DemocracyJacobin and Discover Society.

Aaron is co-editor of the Manchester University Press book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change, on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online, a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and a member of the BSA, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR): Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy and Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology. He has been interviewed about the far-right and racism by the BBC, Times, Telegraph, LBC and Vice.