Katherine Kondor is currently a Research Associate at the School of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, on the ESRC-funded project Illiberal Turn, until summer 2021.
Katherine’s research is focused on radical right social movements and collective action, with particular interest in methods of radicalisation, pathways to activism, and hate crime. With a background in Anthropology, Katherine holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Huddersfield where she conducted a mixed-methods comparative analysis of radical right organisations in Hungary and Great Britain. Using secondary survey analysis, online analysis, and qualitative interviews, the thesis examined drivers to far-right attitudes, methods of recruitment and identity formation by radical right organisations, and pathways to activism in radical right organisations. For her thesis, Katherine was awarded the inaugural Cas Mudde Early Career Scholarship prize with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. Her research continues on the Hungarian radical right and methods of radicalisation online.
Katherine has taught at universities in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as an academic institute in Hungary. She is a student-focused instructor who takes pride in her ability to help her students understand prejudice and critical theories of race and racism. In the past she was taught anthropology, nationalism, Holocaust studies, and criminology, and has developed modules in hate crime and criminology.
Katherine has co-authored expert reports on violent extremism in Hungary, for example ‘Understanding violence and the Hungarian far-right’ in Kallis, Zeiger, & Öztürk’s Violent Radicalisation and Far-Right Extremism in Europe (SETA 2017), which offered policy recommendations for combatting violent extremism in Hungary. She has also co-authored several manuscripts in edited volumes, such as Invented nostalgia: the search for national identity among the Hungarian far-right in Hellström, Norocel, & Jorgensen’s Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration (Springer 2020), ‘Researching the radical right: Making use of the digital space and its challenges’ in Littler & Lee’s Digital Extremisms: Readings in violence, radicalisation and extremism in the online space (Palgrave 2020), and ‘Terrorism, hate speech and ‘cumulative extremism’ on Facebook: A case study’ in Zempi & Awan’s The Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia (Routledge 2018). Katherine has written in the past for CARR, Open Democracy, Europe Now, and Fair Observer on topics surrounding the Hungarian radical right and current politics in Hungary.
Specialist research areas:
Radicalism, pathways to radicalism, the Hungarian radical right, critical theories of race and racism, teaching prejudice and discrimination, hate studies, hate crime, radicalisation online, collective action and social movement analysis, the Holocaust in Hungary.
Available for consultation in the following areas:
Consultancy on responses to radical right extremism; policy formation/reports; anti-prejudice/discrimination educational initiatives; government consultancy; opinion essays and editorials.