Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer
PhD London School of Economics, BA (Summa Cum Laude) Swarthmore College
Telephone: 01392 724032
My research interests include radicalisation, theories of ethnicity and nationalism, and the role of national identity in radical and/or violent political mobilisation. This includes the examination of how myths, memories and symbols of the nation can form a popular basis for radical nationalism in cases which were previously defined by a predominant popular commitment to moderate and/or constitutional nationalism. My publications have examined this process in the Irish context (1916), the Algerian context (20th century), and I am currently examining how similar processes may underpin radicalisation amongst North African immigrants living in Europe. As a function of this research, I am also more broadly interested in understanding the role of myths, memories and symbols in processes of micro- and macro- mobilisation, and more broadly the interplay between cultural identity and political behaviour, particularly the interface between collective identity and inidivdual participation in radical violent action.