Aaron Winter

Dr Aaron Winter

Associate Professor

Criminology

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

Aaron Winter is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Business and Law at the University of East London. He is Course Leader for the BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, teaches on a range of undergraduate modules, supervises research and is a member of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB). His research is on racism, hate crime, the far right and right-wing extremism and terrorism (with a particular focus on the US, Canada and Britain).

Areas Of Interest

  • Racism
  • Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System
  • Hate Crime, the Far Right
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Extremism and Counterextremism

I would be willing to supervise postgraduate students in these and related areas.

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OVERVIEW

Aaron Winter is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Business and Law at the University of East London. He is Course Leader for the BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, teaches on a range of undergraduate modules, supervises research and a member of the 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 racism, hate crime, the far right and right-wing extremism 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 2010), Reflexivity in Criminological Research Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (Palgrave 2014), Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge 2020), and co-author, with Aurelien Mondon, of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He has also contributed to several edited collections including Extremism in America (University Press Florida 2014) and Online Othering: Exploring violence and discrimination on the web (Palgrave 2019), and published in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Sociological Research Online, and the Journal of Political Ideologies.

He has been interviewed about his research and areas of expertise by the BBC, LBC, NBC, The Times, Telegraph, New Statesman, Mediapart, Wired, HuffPost, Radio France, Vice, Gara and other media outlets, as well as appeared on the podcasts Surviving Society, Politics Theory Other, Talking Terror, The Sociology Show, Hope Not Hate, and The Malcolm Effect. In addition to these, he has been consulted by a range of NGOs, government agencies and local councils.

Projects he has been involved in include Racism and Political Mobilisation (ESRC) and Step Up To Stop Hate (London Scholars), which provided the basis for his REF21 Impact Case Study: Combating racism, hate crime and the far right in communities He is also co-editor of Identities and the Manchester University Press (MUP) series Racism, Resistance and Social Change. Aaron is open to postgraduate supervision and media opportunities.

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. http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1331501
  • 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. http://www.naiz.eus/es/hemeroteca/7k/editions/7k_2016-03-20-06-00/hemeroteca_articles/el-futuro-de-gran-bretana-se-decide-en-la-calle
  • Interviewee, 'Radio Euskadi' Basque Public Radio (on British elections), 5 May 2016.

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • REF21 Impact Case Study: Combating racism, hate crime and the far right in communities

Examples of Projects and Knowledge Exchange Work:

  • Advisor, Artstor / JSTOR / ITHAKA Ku Klux Klan Digital Archive. 2020.
  • Advisor/Speaker, Waltham Forest Citizen Assemblies on Hate, Spring 2019-2020
  • Workshop Coordinator/Speaker, Engaging with Criminology, The State of the Art: A one-day event for A Level Sociology Teachers, BSA Presidential Event, NCVO, 19 Nov. 2019. Included developing resources for Sociology and Criminology teachers.
  • Co-organiser/ Speaker, Museum of London Crime and Activism Study Day, Museum of London, 18 Mar. 2019
  • Invited Speaker, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Council (ETUC), ‘Racism and Xenophobia at the Workplace: What is the role of trade unions, Brussels, 10 Sept. 2018.
  • Publication and research profiled in the UN Security Council, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network (GRN) Research Digest, 2018.
  • 'Racism and Hate Crime in Britain', Parliament Roundtable on Racism and Hate Crime, Hosted by MP Naz Shah and The Monitoring Group Hate Crime Report Event, Parliament, 16 Apr. 2018.
  • 'Hate Crime', Citizens UK (TELCO/Newham Citizens Youth Assembly), NewVic School, 28 March 2018.
  • 'Hate Crime in London', Museum of London Research Club Workshop, Roding Valley High School, 9 Oct. 2017.
  • 'On the Far-Right and Hate Crime', One year on from Brexit: How do we tackle hate crime and bigotry?, hosted by Post Ref Racism and the Everyday Bigotry Project, University of the Arts London, 29 Jun. 2017.
  • Step Up To Stop Hate, London Scholars Project, UEL-Citizens UK-NewVic-St Angela's, 2016-2018.

Most recent research

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2020. Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream. London: Verso.
  • Ashe, S., Busher, J., Macklin, G. and Winter, A. (eds.). 2020. Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method, Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Morrison, J., Silke, A., Windle, J. and Winter, A. (eds.). 2018. Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lumsden, K. and Winter, A. (eds.). 2014. Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless. London: Palgrave.
  • O’Neill, M., Swinton, K. and Winter, A. (eds.). 2013. New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Brecher, B., Devenney, M. and Winter, A. (eds.). 2010. Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror. Abingdon: Routledge.

Articles

  • Brown, K., Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2021. 'The far right, the mainstream and mainstreaming: towards a heuristic framework'. Journal of Political Ideologies. DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2021.1949829.
  • Bhattacharyya, G., Virdee, S. and Winter, A. 2019. 'The role of intellectual life in struggles against racism'. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Special Issue: The role of intellectual life in struggles against racism. eds. G. Bhattacharyya, S. Virdee and A. Winter. 27:1. 1-19.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2018. 'Whiteness, populism and the racialisation of the working class in the United Kingdom and the United States'. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Whiteness and Nationalism. ed. N. Meer. 26:5. 510-528.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2017. 'Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 40:13. 2151-2179.
  • Kokoli, A. and Winter, A. 2015. 'What a girl's gotta do: The labour of the biopolitical celebrity in austerity Britain'. Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Texting Girls. ed. K. Lamm. 25:2. 157-174.
  • Winter, A. 2013. 'Race, Multiculturalism and the "Progressive" Politics of London 2012: Passing the Boyle Test'. Sociological Research Online. 18:2.
  • Winter, A. 2000. 'The New Right: Definition, Identification, Differentiation'. Sociological Research Online. 5:1.

Chapters (Selected)

  • Begum, N., Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2021. 'Between the 'Left Behind' and 'The People': Racism, Populism and the Construction of Whiteness in the context of Brexit'. Routledge Handbook of Critical Whiteness Studies. eds. S. Hunter and C. van der Westhuizen. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Winter, A. 2021. 'Reflections on Reading Chip Berlet'. Exposing the Right and Fighting for Democracy: Celebrating Chip Berlet as Journalist and Scholar. eds. P. Chamberlain, et al. New York: Routledge. 181-185.
  • Brown, K., Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2021. 'Liberalism, Populism and Euphemisation in the Guardian'. Capitalism's Conscience: 200 Years of the Guardian. ed. D. Freedman. London: Pluto. 274-291.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2020. 'Whiteness, Populism and the racialisation of the working-class in the United Kingdom and the United States'. Whiteness and Nationalism. ed. N. Meer. London: Routledge.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2020. 'Racist movements, the far right and mainstreaming'. Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racism. ed. J. Solomos. Abingdon: Routledge. 147-159.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2020. 'Researching and Representing the Far-Right: Between Demonisation, Legitimisation and Normalisation'. Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method, Practice. eds. S. Ashe, et al. Abingdon: Routledge. 370-382.
  • Winter, A. 2019. 'Online Hate: From the Far-Right to the 'Alt-Right', and from the Margins to the Mainstream'. Online Othering: Exploring violence and discrimination on the web. eds. E. Harmer and K. Lumsden. London: Palgrave. 39-64.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2019. 'Mapping and Mainstreaming Islamophobia: Between the illiberal and liberal'. Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia. eds. I. Zempi and I. Awan. Abingdon: Routledge. 58-70.
  • Winter, A. 2018. 'USA: Counterterrorism Pre-9/11'. Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. ed. A. Silke. Abingdon: Routledge. 615-634.
  • Winter, A. 2018. 'The Klan is History: a historical perspective on the revival of the far-right in 'post-racial' America'. Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism. eds. J. Morrison, et al. Abingdon: Routledge. 109-132.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2017. 'Charlie Hebdo, Republican Secularism and Islamophobia'. After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, Racism and Free Speech. eds. G. Titley, et al. London: Zed Books. 31-45.
  • Lumsden, K. and Winter, A. 2015. 'Reflexivity in Criminological Research'. Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless'. eds. K. Lumsden and A. Winter. London: Palgrave. 1-20.
  • Winter, A. 2014. '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. 35-58.
  • Winter, A. 2013. 'Anti-Abortion Extremism and Violence in the US'. Extremism in America. ed. G. Michael. Gainesville: University Press Florida. 218-248.
  • Winter, A. 2012. '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. Oxford: Peter Lang. 226-246.
  • Winter, A. 2010. 'American Terror: From Oklahoma City to 9/11 and After'. Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror. eds. B. Brecher, M. Devenney and A. Winter. Abingdon: Routledge. 156-177.

Reports

  • Reports Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2021. ‘Defining Islamophobia(s) and Challenging: Obfuscation and Denial'. Defining Islamophobia. Muslim Council of Britain Report.
  • Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment. 2020. Migration, Racism and the Hostile Environment: Making the Case for the Social Sciences.
  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 26 Jun., 2018. 'Liberal and Illiberal Islamophobias'. MEND: More than words – Approaching a definition of Islamophobia.

Reviews (Since 2010)

  • Mondon, A. and Winter, A. 2021. ‘Returning to Reactionary Democracy: reviews, responses and reflections’. Reactionary Democracy Symposium. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Online.
  • Winter, A. 2015. Review of Tanya Golash-Boza, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach, Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38:13.
  • Andrews, K., Bassel, L. and Winter, A. 2014. 'Mapping the Field: Contemporary Theories of Race, Racism and Ethnicity'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 1:2.
  • Winter, A. 2011. '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. 45:3.
  • Winter, A. 2010. 'From Desegregation to the war on terror', Review of Martin Durham’s White Rage: The extreme right and American politics. Patterns of Prejudice. 44:3.

Reference

  • Winter, A. 2018. 'Terrorism'. Encyclopaedia of Social Theory. ed. B. Turner et al. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Winter, A. 2013. Amadou Diallo' and 'Central Park Jogger Case'. Encyclopedia of American Street Crime. ed. J. I. Ross. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Winter, A. 2011. '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.
  • Winter, A. 2008. ;'Boyz N the Hood'and '8 Mile'. The Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. ed. T. Stanley. Westport: Greenwood Press.

Op-eds

  • Op-eds in: Verso Blog, The Independent, Open Democracy, Jacobin, E-International Relations, Identities Blog, Institute for Policy Research (IPR) Blog, Monitor, Discover Society, Enduring America Worldview.

TEACHING

Course Leader:

  • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice

Module Leader:

  • CR5012: Crime and Social History
  • CR5013: Applied Research and Evaluation
  • CR6037: The Project
  • PL6006: Professional Policing Dissertation

SUPERVISION

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)

External Roles

Publishing

  • Co-Editor, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2021-). Previously Associate Editor (2018-2021)
  • Co-Editor, Manchester University Press book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change (2018-)
  • Associate Editor, Sociological Research Online (2014-2018)
  • Editorial Board, Rowman and Littlefield book series Off the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society (2015-)
  • Peer Reviewer (Journals): Sociological Research Online, Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, Patterns of Prejudice, British Journal of Sociology, Identities, Social Sciences, Frontiers, Politics.
  • Peer Reviewer (Books): Routledge, Sage, Oxford University Press, Ashgate, Palgrave, Rowman and Littlefield, Policy Press, MUP.

External Examining

  • MA External Examiner, Sociology, York St. John (2022)
  • MSc External Examiner, Sociology, Edge Hill University (2019)
  • PhD External Examiner, Sociology, University of Huddersfield (2019)
  • External Examiner, Sociology, University of Glasgow (2014-2018)
  • External Examiner, Birmingham City University, Sociology and Criminology Foundation Degree (2018)

Supervision

  • Supervisor, British Library-BSA Postdoc Sociology in the Archives (2018-2019)

Funding

  • Grant Reviewer, National Science Centre, Poland (2020).
  • Grant Reviewer, ESRC Research Centre Grant Competition (2018)

Professional Association/Discipline Roles

  • Judge, British Sociological Association (BSA) A-Level Essay Competition (2018)
  • BSA/Sociology representative at HEFCE Criminology REF consultation (2017)
  • Elected Trustee, BSA (2015-2019)
  • Member of the BSA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2018-2019)
  • Co-founder and Coordinator, BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream (2014-2017)
  • Convener, BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group (2013-2017)
  • Member, BSA Governance Review Working Group (2015-2016)
  • Member, QAA Sociology Subject Benchmarking Working Group (2015-2016)
  • Coordinator, BSA Social Divisions/Social Identities Stream (2011-2014)