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Professor Copsey’s field of expertise is historic and contemporary manifestations of fascism and anti-fascism. He teaches modules on Italian Fascism, the Third Reich, Theories of Fascism, and British Fascism and Culture.
Professor Copsey is a co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies (CFAPS).
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Professor Copsey has a long-standing research interest in right-wing extremism, fascism and anti-fascism. He completed his PhD on right-wing extremism in contemporary France and Britain at the University of Portsmouth in 1995.
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.
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; and British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives, co-edited with Dr Graham Macklin, published in March 2011.
Forthcoming projects include a co-edited volume on Cultures of Post War British Fascism, and new monograph entitled Re-thinking Britain's Far Right.
Professor Copsey is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and editor-in-chief of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. He has been a reviewer for the ESRC and numerous international journals. His research has been disseminated in various media outlets including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Tablet, and Christian Science Monitor. He has also featured in a Finnish TV documentary on the European Defence Leagues.
Professor Copsey welcomes potential PhD students in the field of extremist politics.
Professor Copsey is interested in consultancy work on the far right. He has written a commissioned report on the English Defence League (2010) and he is the lead-author of a recent report on anti-Muslim hate crime and the far right (2013).
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