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Research interests

Co-convenor of the Reactionary Politics Research Network.

Research interests:

  • The mainstreaming of far right and reactionary discourse and politics
  • Liberal and Illiberal articulations of reactionary politics in elite discourse
  • Populist hype and the construction of 'the people' as a threat to democracy

Selected publications:


Mondon A and Winter A (2020) Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream. London: Verso.

Titley, Gavan, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany & Aurelien Mondon (eds.) (2017) After Charlie Hebdo: Politics, Media and Free Speech, London: Zed.

Mondon A (2013) Mainstreaming the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony? Farnham: Ashgate.

Edited books

Vaughan, A, Tinsley, M, Braune, J & Mondon, A (eds) (2024 forthcoming) The ethics of researching the far right, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Mondon, A, Parish, N, Demossier, M & Lees, D (eds) (2019) Handbook for French politics and culture. London: Routledge.

Titley, Gavan, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany & Aurelien Mondon (eds.) (2017) After Charlie Hebdo: Politics, Media and Free Speech, London: Zed.

Peer-reviewed articles

Mondon, A. (2024) ‘Really existing liberalism, the bulwark fantasy, and the enabling of reactionary, far right politics’, Constellations.

Mondon, A. (2024) ‘“I was gonna fight fascism …”: the need for a critical approach to illiberalism’, Illiberalism Studies, 4(1), 9-18.

Mondon, A (2024) ‘Conceptualiser la République réactionnaire : entre hype populiste, racisme libéral et normalisation du discours d’extrême droite’, POLI, 17.

Shuttleworth, L., Okonkwo, K., Bremner, F. and Mondon, A. (2024) ‘The far and extreme right in documentaries: euphemisation, exceptionalisation, and humanisation’, Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Kim, S. and Mondon, A. (2024) ‘From objectivist bias to positivist bias: A constructivist critique of the attitudes approach to populism’, Political Studies Review.

Beaman, J and Mondon A (2023) ‘The Moral Panic of Islamo-gauchisme in service of a colourblind approach to racism’, Contemporary French & Francophone Studies.

Mondon, A (2022) ‘Epistemologies of ignorance in far right studies: the invisibilisation of racism and whiteness in times of populist hype’, Acta Politica, online first.

Mondon, A (2022) ‘Populism, public opinion, and the mainstreaming of the far right: The ‘immigration issue’ and the construction of a reactionary ‘people’’, Politics, Online First.

Brown K, Mondon A & Winter A (2021) ‘The far right, the mainstream and mainstreaming: towards a heuristic framework’, Journal of Political Ideologies. Online first.

Brown K & Mondon A (2020) ‘Populism, the media and the mainstreaming of the far right: The Guardian’s coverage of populism as a case study’, Politics, online first

Mondon A & Winter A (2018) 'Whiteness, Populism and the racialisation of the working-class in the United Kingdom and the United States', Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 26(5): 510–528.

De Cleen, B, Glynos, J & Mondon, A (2018) 'Critical Research on Populism: Nine Rules of Engagement', Organization, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 649-661.

Mondon, A (2017) 'Limiting democratic horizons to a nationalist reaction: populism, the radical right and the working class', Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 355-374.

Mondon, A & Winter, A (2017) 'Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 40, no. 13, pp. 2151-2179.


Aurelien Mondon has published widely in the mainstream and more specialised media such as CNN, the Guardian, The Independent, Open Democracy, Jacobin, Newsweek, DiscoverSociety, Libération


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Deep Roots of the Populist Reaction in Parliamentary Democracies: The French and Australian Cases as Perspectives, La Trobe University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

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