School of Political Science and International Studies, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland

Dr Tristan Dunning has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland. He is the author of "Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine" published in Routledge's Critical Terrorism Studies Series in February 2016. This book is based on extensive fieldwork in Palestine and the wider Levant.

Tristan also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Duhok in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq in 2013-14 and an-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine in 2010. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East including Palestine, the Kurdish Region of Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Israel, and the UAE.

He writes for the London based news site al-Araby al-Jadeed and the Turkish daily newspaper Daily Sabah. He also appears as a regular guest in the media including Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV and radio, Sky News Australia, and various other media outlets.

Tristan can be followed on Twitter @trisdunning and/or on Facebook at

His academic publications can be accessed for free on ResearchGate here

Alongside these, a list of his short form publications can be found on at


  • 2006–present
    Sessional Instructor, The University of Queensland
  • 2013–2014
    Lecturer, University of Duhok


  • 2013 
    University of Queensland, PhD, Political Science


  • 2016
    Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine, Routledge
  • 2016
    "Politics or Piety? Problematising the Sunni-Shi'a schism in Iraq",
  • 2015
    “Islam and resistance: Hamas, ideology and Islamic Values”, Critical Studies on Terrorism