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Academic Biography

Professor Nigel Copsey is a specialist in fascism and anti-fascism. He first joined the institution in 1993. Prior to this, his doctorate was on right-wing extremism in contemporary France and Britain.

He is a Professor (Research) of Modern History, leads the Resilient and Secure Societies Grand Challenge, and directs the hate and prevention strand of the Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security.

He is co-editor of Brill's journal, Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (with Dr Graham Macklin) and also with Dr Graham Macklin, he is co-editor of the book series 'Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right'.

Summary of Research Interests

Professor Copsey has a long-standing research interest in right-wing extremism, fascism and anti-fascism.

His first monograph, Anti-Fascism in Britain (2000), examined the history of anti-fascism in Britain from the 1920s to the present day. In this volume Professor Copsey looked at the nature of anti-fascist activity, the political backgrounds of those involved and the impact of anti-fascism on the fortunes of Britain’s domestic extremists. A second revised and expanded edition of this book was published in both paperback and hardback by Routledge (2017).

In 2004 Professor Copsey published his second monograph: Contemporary British Fascism: the British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy, a study of the British National Party – in electoral terms, Britain’s most successful extreme-right party. A second revised and expanded edition of this book was published in both paperback and hardback in 2008.

His other books include:

  • British Fascism, the Labour Movement and the State, co-edited with Dr David Renton, published in 2005;
  • Varieties of Anti-Fascism: Britain in the Inter-War Period, co-edited with Dr Andrzej Olechnowicz, published in 2010;
  • British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives, co-edited with Dr Graham Macklin, published in 2011;
  • Cultures of Post-War British Fascism, co-edited with Dr John Richardson, published in 2015;
  • Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The British Far Right since 1967, co-edited with Prof Matthew Worley, published in 2018.
  • Anti-fascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections, co-edited with Dr Kasper Brasken and Prof Johan Lundin (forthcoming, 2019).  

He is currently working on a new co-edited volume exploring global anti-fascism, with Dr Kasper Brasken and Dr David Featherstone (publication, 2019/20).

PhD and Research Opportunities

Professor Copsey particularly welcomes potential PhD students in the field of right-extremist/counter-extremist movements.

External Research Collaborations

External research collaborations include the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, Dialogue About Radicalisation and Equality (DARE). The DARE consortium, which brings together academic and civil society organisations from 9 EU and 4 non-EU countries, seeks to significantly increase our understanding of why and how young people become radicalised and enhance the effectiveness of counter-radicalisation measures. 

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Professor Copsey is interested in consultancy work on far-right extremism and responses to it. He has written a commissioned report on the English Defence League and he was the lead-author of a report on anti-Muslim hate crime and the far right.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Professor Copsey's teaching interests are in Modern History, particularly Nazism, fascism and anti-fascism, and the Spanish Civil War.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Professor Copsey is a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Peer Review College and Panel College.

He is Fellow of Royal History Society (FRHistS).

Professor Copsey is a member of the Executive Committee of COMFAS (The International Association For Comparative Fascist Studies), a scholarly assocation dedicated to the study of fascism in European and global contexts.


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antisemitism Social Sciences
local election Social Sciences
fascism Social Sciences
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Research Output 1994 2019


Copsey, N., 10 Jan 2019, Anti-Fascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 271-276 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscriptResearch

Antifascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections,

Brasken, K. (ed.), Copsey, N. (ed.) & Lundin, J. (ed.), 16 Jan 2019, Routledge. 306 p. (Routledge Studies in Facsism and the Far Right)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearch

Nordic Countries

Challenging Youth Racism: Project Report

Copsey, N., Temple, D. & Carter, A., 6 May 2019, Teesside University. 107 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearch

Open Access
Financial Management
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Militant antifascism: An alternative (historical) reading

Copsey, N., 1 Jun 2018, In : Society. 55, 3, p. 243-247 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The Radical Right and Fascism

Copsey, N., 5 Feb 2018, The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right. p. 105-121 17 p. (The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

Open Access
Radical Right
Political Science