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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) to explore the politics and discourses of 'terrorism' within the Israel-Palestine conflict and in contexts of (settler) colonialism.

I have further interests in Palestinian armed resistance (especially Hamas), the politics of 'suicide' terrorism, post- and decolonial approaches to the study of 'terrorism', and the use of 'popular culture' in understanding political violence. My work draws upon both English and Arabic-language sources.

Expertise Summary

Terrorism and counter-terrorism


Contemporary Palestinian Politics

Settler violence

Ethnography of political violence

Teaching Summary

In the 2020/1 academic year I am responsible for:

POLI4003: 'Terrorism and Insurgencies'

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