Simon Purdue is a PhD Candidate at Northeastern University in Boston, where he is doing research on race, racism and violence, specifically looking at women in extremist right-wing movements between 1969 and 2009. Simon received his BA (international) in history from University College Dublin in 2015. He then received a Wellcome Trust medical humanities scholarship to continue his work at the MA level. He received his MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine, also from UCD, in 2016. His master’s thesis explored gender and occupational health in industrial Belfast between 1870 and 1914, and was published in Irish Historical Studies (Cambridge University Press) in Fall 2019.
Simon has worked on a number of other projects, including research into the history of racist policing in Boston, with a particular focus on the ‘Grove Hall Welfare Protests’. This work resulted in Simon being invited to comment on policing in Boston for a podcast entitled ‘A People’s History’, produced by Jacobin Magazine in conjunction with Open Source Radio. The podcast was released in late 2019. Simon has been a teaching assistant at Northeastern for four semesters, where he has lectured on topics such as the history of American racism and the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. In 2019 he built and taught an undergraduate course entitled ‘The Global Far Right Since 1945: Politics, Culture and Violence’.
Simon is a doctoral fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, based at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He is also an editor at H-Nationalism, an online network of over 3000 scholars of nationalism and its history.