Chris Allen

Associate Professor in Hate Studies at the University of Leicester, Writer and Commentator

Chris is Associate Professor in Hate Studies at the Centre for Hate Studies, based in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. For almost two decades, he has been researching Islamophobia, counter-extremism and counter-terror, and wider issues relating to the ‘problematisation’ of Muslim communities. He's also engaged with issues around the role of religion and faith in contemporary political spaces, Britishness, multiculturalism, cohesion, integration and identity. He is widely published in the UK and elsewhere including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey among others. As well as scholarly publications and activities, he regularly writes comment pieces, commentaries and response pieces. He also gives public talks and appears in the broadcast media. He has also held a range of independent advisory roles and has contributed written and oral evidence to various government bodies and commissions over the past decade or so. As well as being an Associate Professor, he is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR); a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts and the US Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program; and an alumnus of the John Adams Society. He was born and grew up in Bermondsey, London where he became a lifelong supporter of Millwall FC. He also has a keen interest in horror movies.