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Carl Gibson

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



I joined the department of Politics and IR as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. Prior to this, I was a Teaching Fellow in IR at the University of Reading (2016-2020), where I also completed my PhD.

Broadly, my research comprises two strands:

(1) Terrorism (especially Critical Terrorism Studies)

(2) Middle East politics (Israel and Palestine)

These two themes converge in my focus on terrorism, resistance, and political violence in Palestine, which was the topic of my PhD and my subsequent work. My research employs ethnographic methods (often through fieldwork in the West Bank, Palestine) and critical discourse analysis to explore and make visible the politics and discursive role of the term 'terrorism' in Palestine and Israel.

I have further research interests in Palestinian armed groups (especially Hamas), armed violence by Jewish groups in the West Bank, post- and decolonial approaches to the study of 'terrorism', and in the political basis for counter-terrorism practices in Israel and Palestine. My work draws upon English, Arabic and Hebrew-language sources.

Expertise Summary

Critical approaches to terrorism and counter-terrorism


Contemporary Palestinian Politics

Settler violence in the West Bank

Ethnography of political violence

Teaching Summary

In the 2021/2 academic year I am responsible for:

POLI4003: 'Terrorism and Insurgencies'

POLI3118: 'Responding to Violent Extremism'

I also teach on POLI1017 'Understanding Global Politics' and POLI2042 'Global Security'

I am available for PhD supervision in the following areas, and am especially keen to supervise projects using ethnographic methods and critical discourse analysis:

Critical approaches to terrorism

Ethnography of terrorism

Terrorism and counterterrorism in the Middle East (especially Israel and Palestine)


Palestinian security politics

Suicide terrorism

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