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Leonie joined the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology in January 2017 as a Lecturer in International Politics. She has an MA in Conflict Studies and a PhD in Security Studies, both from the University of Wolverhampton.
Leonie's research interests lie in the field of security and conflict, race and racialisation, Islamophobia, and far-right radicalisation. Her recent research has examined the discourses of race and nation surrounding Enoch Powell's 1968 'Rivers of Blood' speech. She is the author of 'Islamophobia in Britain: The Making of a Muslim Enemy', which is forthcoming with Palgrave, and has published in leading international peer-reviewed journals including The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Contemporary British History, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Contemporary Politics.
Kassimeris, G. and Jackson, L. (2016) ‘Negotiating race and religion in the West Midlands: narratives of inclusion and exclusion during the 196769 Wolverhampton bus workers turban dispute’ Contemporary British History , pp. 1-23. ISSN 1361-9462
Kassimeris, G. and Jackson, L. (2015) ‘The ideology and discourse of the English Defence League: Not racist, not violent, just no longer silent’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations , 17 (1), pp. 171-188. ISSN 1369-1481
Leonie is interested in supervising research in conflict and security themes, post- 9/11 terrorism and counterterrorism, far-right radicalisation, and racialisation.
Leonie is module leader on HIX1016 US Politics and Society, and teaches on HIX2001 Democracy and Democratisation and HFX2001 Introduction to Politics.