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Aaron Anfinson

BA, MEd, PhD

Director of Analysis

Aaron Anfinson’s multidisciplinary research involves understanding how technological advances in communication have aided the acceleration of violent non-state actors. He received a doctorate in sociolinguistics from the University of Hong Kong where he conducted one of the first cross-disciplinary examinations of Islamic State propaganda. He also has over a decade of international experience from researching in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Additionally, he is a reportage photographer published in The GuardianThe Financial Times, and PDN Magazine.

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Aaron Anfinson

The Treachery of Images:

visualising “statehood” as a tactic

for the legitimisation of non-state actors 

Terrorism and Political Violence (2019)

Nadia Al-Dayel and Aaron Anfinson 

“In the Words of the Enemy”:

the Islamic State's reflexive projection of statehood

Critical Studies on Terrorism (2018, 11(1))


Aaron Anfinson and Nadia Al-Dayel

“Is that an American?”:

Mobilising citizenship as a radical tactic of asymmetric warfare  

Recent Conferences and

Invited Speaking Engagements

International Studies Association

Honolulu, Hawaii, March 26, 2020

Society for Terrorism Research International Conference

Oslo, Norway, June 20, 2019

Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism

Nottingham Contemporary Art Museum,

United Kingdom. July 6, 2018

British International Studies Association Conference

Bath, United Kingdom. June 13, 2018

Terrorism and Social Media Conference (TASMconf)

University of Swansea, United Kingdom, June 27, 2017

Departmental Seminar Series

School of English, University of Hong Kong, April 27, 2017 

InCoLAs PhD Seminar Series

University of Copenhagen, Denmark. August 8-10, 2016

Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow 

University of Hong Kong. October 2-3, 2015

Linguistic Landscapes (LL7) 

University of California Berkeley. May 7-9, 2015


Aaron Anfinson