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Dr Chris Allen

Associate Professor in Hate Studies

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5911
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  • Twitter: @DrChrisAllen
  • Office: Room 0.09, Ground floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

I am an Associate Professor in Hate Studies at the Centre for Hate Studies, which is based in the Department of Criminology. For almost two decades, I have been researching Islamophobia, counter-extremism and counter-terror, and wider issues relating to the ‘problematisation’ of Muslim communities. This has included but not been limited to undertaking research seeking to understand the experience of Muslim women victims of street-level hate crime, anti-Islam ideologies of the far-right, the impact of counter-terror legislation, and governmental engagement with Muslim communities. My research has also focused on wider issues relating to the role of religion and faith in the contemporary political and policy spaces as also issues relating to Britishness, cohesion, integration and identity. In doing so, I have been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Economic & Social Research Council, British governmental departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authorities, the European Union and a wide range of state agencies, third sector organisations and charitable bodies.

I have published widely both in the UK and elsewhere including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey among others. Of note has been a monograph exploring the phenomenon of Islamophobia as also peer-reviewed journal articles on the English Defence League, Britain First and the recently proscribed National Action. As well as publishing in peer-reviewed journal articles, I also regularly write for a range of different non-specialist outlets including the Conversation, Huffington Post and Perspektif among others. Committed to public engagement, I also give talks about my research and associated topics in various non-academic settings including appearing in the broadcast media.

Over the past decade, I have held various independent advisory roles across the British political spectrum. Until recently, I was an independent adviser to the British Government on Anti-Muslim Hate and Islamophobia. During that same pent years I have also contributed written and oral evidence to a number of different government bodies and commissions including the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crimes, and the Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life among others. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Analysis of the radical Right, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts, the US Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program and an alumnus of the John Adams Society.


  • Responding to Terrorism
  • Hate, Extremism and Everyday Prejudice


  • Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate
  • The Prevent agenda and policy approaches to counter-extremism and counter-terror
  • Far-right ideologies


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Manifestations, experiences and encounters of Islamophobia
  • Anti-Muslim hate crime
  • Defining and conceptualising Islamophobia
  • Counter-extremism and counter-terror policies and strategies
  • Religiously motivated hate
  • Counter-jihadi groups and movements
  • Anti-Islam/ anti-Muslim ideologies of the far-right
  • Socio-political manifestations of the 'problematisation' of Muslim communities

Selected Publications

  • Allen, C. (2017) Islamophobia and the Problematization of Mosques: A Critical Exploration of Hate Crimes and the Symbolic Function of “Old” and “New” Mosques in the United Kingdom, in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Vol. 37, No.3: 294-308).
  • Allen, C. (2017) Political Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia: an ‘insider/outsider’ analysis of the British Coalition Government’s approach between 2010-15, in Social Sciences (Vol. 6, No.3: 1-19).
  • Allen, C. (2017) Proscribing National Action: considering the impact of banning the British far-right group in Political Quarterly (Vol. 88, No.4: tbc).
  • Allen, C. (2015) ‘”People hate you because of the way you dress”: Understanding the invisible experiences of veiled British Muslim women victims of Islamophobia’ in International Review of Victimology (Vol. 21, No. 3: 287-301).
  • Allen, C. & Isakjee, A. (2015) ‘Controversy, Islam and Politics: an exploration of the "Innocence of Muslims" affair through the eyes of British Muslim elites’ in Ethnic & Racial Studies (Vol. 38, No. 11: 1852-1867).
  • Allen, C. (2014) ‘Exploring the impact and ‘message’ of street-level Islamophobia on visible Muslim women victims: a British case study’ in Journal of Muslims in Europe (Vol. 3, No. 2: 137-159).
  • Allen, C. (2014) ‘Britain First: the frontline resistance to the Islamification of Britain’ in Political Quarterly (Vol. 85, No. 3: 345-61).
  • Isakjee, A. & Allen, C. (2013) ‘"A catastrophic lack of inquisitiveness": a critical study of the impact and narrative of the Project Champion surveillance project in Birmingham’ in Ethnicities (Vol 13, No. 6: 751-70).
  • Allen, C. (2011) ‘Opposing Islamification or promoting Islamophobia? Understanding the English Defence League’ in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 45, No. 4: 279-294).
  • Allen, C. (2010) ‘Islamophobia’. London: Ashgate.

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As many have said before me: every course ending in the word 'Studies' should be removed from universities, as fake subjects. That word is a give away. They can by all means establish their own colleges, but should not be allowed to sneak under the cover of valid, non-studies subjects in the humanities.


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