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Anna Meier

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Anna Meier (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She specializes in critical international relations and critical terrorism studies, with a particular interest in counterterrorism and institutional white supremacy in Europe and the United States. Using ethnographic and archival methods, she investigates the furtherance of white supremacy through counterterrorism practices targeting the far right. Anna is also a recognized leader in undergraduate education, having most recently been a Future Faculty Partner with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy. Prior to her academic career, Anna worked at the START Consortium at the University of Maryland, primarily on the Global Terrorism Database, and at the Project On Government Oversight in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For the 2022-23 academic year, Anna serves as the School's Disability Liaison Officer.

Expertise Summary

Anna's research focuses on national security institutions as sites of state identity-making. Her current book project uses fieldwork and archival data to examine institutional responses to white supremacist violence in Germany and the United States. She has also written on terrorist proscription regimes, anti-Blackness in counterterrorism, and equity and justice in academic institutions. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Security Studies, Lawfare, The Washington Post, and Political Violence at a Glance, among other outlets, and she has served as an expert consultant for Tech Against Terrorism and RAND Europe.

Teaching Summary

Anna teaches on the following modules:

Race and Politics (Y3) Responding to Violent Extremism (Y3) Theories and Concepts in International Relations (MA)

Recent Publications

I welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students interested in critical and/or interpretive approaches to studying:

  • racism within counterterrorism in Europe and/or North America
  • white supremacist (far-right) violence in Germany, the US, or the UK
  • coloniality and counterterrorism
  • memory culture in Germany and/or the US vis-à-vis racism and atrocities

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