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Dr Aaron Winter

Senior Lecturer


Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Dr 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 in the School of Business and Law at the University of East London.

Prior to coming to UEL, Aaron was Lecturer in Sociology at Abertay University. He has also taught at University of Sussex and University of Brighton and is currently External Examiner for Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA), convener of the BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group, coordinator of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration stream at the BSA Annual Conference and on the editorial board of the journal Sociological Research Online. He is an Expert Analyst for The Extremis Project and a member of the British Sociological Association, European Consortium for Political Research: Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology.

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Aaron's research focuses on right-wing extremism and terrorism, hate groups and hate crimes, and racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. He has been interviewed about his research and areas of expertise by the BBC, LBC, CBC, Times, Gara, Oriental Morning Post and Dundee Courier.

Media interviews

  • Interviewee, 'Warning Signs' (on extremism in France), S. Morkis, Dundee Courier, 21 Mar. 2012.
  • Interviewee, 'Cathy Macdonald' (on Anders Breivik and far-right violence), BBC Radio Scotland, 2 Aug. 2012.
  • Interviewee, 'A nation of teen mums and migrants? Guess again' (on social issues, fear and statistics), Richard Ford, The Times, 30 Oct. 2014, p. 15.
  • Interviewee, 'Extremism on Campus', LBC Radio with Shelagh Fogarty, 27 Feb. 2015.
  • Interviewee, '电影《旋风九日》揭邓小平访美险遭暗杀,行刺的3K党徒是谁' (on former Klansman Louis Beam), The Paper, Oriental Morning Post, 15 May 2015.
  • Interviewee, 'El Futuro de Gran Bretana se Decide en la Calle' (on Brexit and anti-immigration politics in Britain), Maria Suarez, GARA, 7k magazine, 20 Mar. 2016.
  • Interviewee, 'Radio Euskadi' Basque Public Radio (on British elections), 5 May 2016.


Aaron's research is on organised racism, right-wing extremism, hate crime and terrorism (with a particular focus on the US, Canada and Britain). He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge, Critical Terrorism Studies, 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, in press). He has also contributed to Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict (M.E.Sharpe, 2010), Encyclopedia of American Street Crime (Sage, 2013) and several edited collections.



  • A. Winter, 'American Terror: From Oklahoma City to 9/11 and After', B. Brecher, M. Devenney and A. Winter (eds.), Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010), pp. 156-177.
  • A. Winter, 'Race, Empire and the British-American "Special Relationship" in the Obama Era', Obama, US Politics and Transatlantic Relation: Change or Continuity?, ed. G. Scott-Smith (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2012), pp. 229-246.
  • M. O'Neill and A. Winter, 'New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy', New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy, eds. M. O'Neill, K. Swinton and A. Winter  (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 1-14.
  • A. Winter, 'Anti-Abortion Extremism and Violence in the US', Extremism in America, ed. G. Michael (Gainesville: University Press Florida, 2013), pp. 218-248.
  • A. Winter, 'My Enemies Must Be Friends: The American Extreme Right, Conspiracy Theory, Islam and the Middle East', Conspiracy Theories in the Middle East and the United States: A Comparative Approach, eds, M. Reinkowski and M. Butter (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014), pp. 35-58.
  • K. Lumsden and A. Winter, 'Reflexivity in Criminological Research', Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless', eds. K. Lumsden and A. Winter (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 1-20.
  • A. Winter, 'Counter-Terrorism in the USA Prior to 9/11', Handbook of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, ed. A. Silke (Abingdon: Routledge, under contract)
  • A. Winter, 'The Klan is History', in Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism, eds. J. Morrison, et al. (Routledge, under contract).
  • S. Ashe, J. Busher, G. Macklin and A. Winter (eds.) Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right, under contract).


  • A. Winter, 'The New Right: Definition, Identification, Differentiation', Sociological Research Online, V 5, #1 (May 2000).
  • A. Winter, 'Race, Multiculturalism and the "Progressive" Politics of London 2012: Passing the Boyle Test', Sociological Research Online, V. 18, #2 (31 May 2013).
  • 'Some Run for Office, Others Run for the Hills: The Extreme-Right, Racism and Anti-Government Enmity in America', Discover Society, Issue 12 (2 Sept. 2014).
  • A. Kokoli and A. Winter (2015) 'What a girl's gotta do: The labour of the biopolitical celebrity in austerity Britain', Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Special Issue: Texting Girls: Images, Sounds, and Words in Neoliberal Cultures of Femininity, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp. 157-174. DOI:10.1080/0740770X.2015.1057015
  • A. Mondon and A. Winter, 'The Changing Face of Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim hate in the name of liberalism', under review by journal.


  • A. Winter, 'Boyz N the Hood' and '8 Mile', The Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature, ed. T. Stanley (Greenwood: Greenwood Press, 2008).
  • A. Winter, 'Anti-Abortion Violence in the US', 'The Order', 'Posse Comitatus', 'Richard Butler', 'Louis Beam, Jr.' and 'Robert Mathews', Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, ed. J. I. Ross (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2011).
  • A. Winter, 'Amadou Diallo' and 'Central Park Jogger Case', Encyclopedia of American Street Crime, ed. J. I. Ross (New York: Sage, 2013).
  • A. Winter, 'Terrorism', Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, ed. B. Turner et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2016).

Reviews (Since 2010)

  • A. Winter, From Desegregation to the war on terror, Review of Martin Durham, White Rage: The extreme right and American politics, Patterns of Prejudice, V.44, #3 (July 2010), pp. 313-314.
  • A. Winter, White Supremacy in the Digital Age, Review of Jessie Daniels, Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights, Patterns of Prejudice, V.45, #3 (July 2011), pp. 271-273.
  • K. Andrews, L. Bassel & A. Winter, 'The BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group Conference 'Mapping the Field: Contemporary Theories of Race, Racism and Ethnicity'', Ethnic and Racial Studies Review, V.1, #2 (6 Aug. 2014), pp. 1862-1868.
  • A. Winter, 'Review of Tanya Golash-Boza, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach, Ethnic and Racial Studies, V. 38, #13 (Oct. 2015), pp. 2486-2488.

Blogs and Opinion Pieces

  • 'Britain-US Special: Two years into Obama's Era, the Right Takes Over the “Special Relationship'', Enduring America Worldview, 23 Jan. 2011.
  • 'The Changing Face of the American Extreme Right', Extremis Project, 15 Nov. 2012.
  • With Alexandra Kokoli, 'What Bear Grylls Can't Do: Survivalist Mediascapes in Austerity Britain', In Media Res, 22 Nov. 2015.
  • 'White Terror and the Racialization of Violence', Open Democracy, 8 Dec. 2015.
  • 'The Bundy Militia Occupation: Terrorism, Patriotism, Colonialism and Racism in America', aaronzwinter@wordpress, 4. Jan. 2016.
  • 'Boycotting Beyonce and the Politics of Policing in Post-Race in America', aaronzwinter@wordpress, 10 May 2016.  


  • Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror - B. Brecher, M. Devenney and A. Winter (eds.). 2010. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy - M. O'Neill, K. Swinton and A. Winter (eds.). 2013. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless - K. Lumsden and A. Winter (eds.). 2014. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right: Civil Rights, 9/11 and a Black Man in the White House - Winter, A. under contract. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism - J. Morrison, A. Silke, J. Windle and A. Winter (eds.). under contract. Routledge.


  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (CR4001)
  • Crime Deviance and Social History (CR5004)
  • MSc Terrorism Studies


Aaron is interested in supervising postgraduate research in the following areas:

  • Right-wing extremism and terrorism
  • Hate Groups
  • Hate Crimes
  • Critical Terrorism Studies
  • Policing the far right and/or hate crimes
  • Institutional racism in the Criminal Justice System
  • Racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
  • Countries of interest and expertise: America, Canada and Britain (including Scotland)