Associate Professor, Politico-Religious Extremism and Violence; Social Identity and Movements, Concordia University

André Gagné is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts (Department of Theological Studies) at Concordia University. He is also a Digital Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) as well as a research associate with the Centre d'expertise de formation sur les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation (CEFIR). He works on questions related to politico-religious extremism and violence, radicalization, social identity and movements, self-categorization, as well as the use of sacred texts and traditions by extremist groups and individuals to justify acts of violence.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, Concordia University
  • 2005–2008
    Lecturer, University of Sudbury

Education

  • 2008 
    Université de Montréal / Université catholique de Louvain, Conjoint PhD
  • 2003 
    Université de Montréal, M.A.
  • 2001 
    Université de Montréal, B.Th.

Publications

  • 2017
    “9/11 Anniversary: Understanding Extremist Motives Could Stop Further Violence”, The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    “Extremism, like terrorism, threatens global stability”, Open Canada
  • 2017
    “Attentat à Manchester : un choc des civilisations réel ou désiré ?”, La Presse
  • 2017
    “Les ‘cours virtuels’ de Daech, outils de fidélisation” (co-written with M.-A. Argentino), The Conversation France
  • 2017
    “Donald Trump attise-t-il l'extrémisme de droite au Canada ?”, The Conversation France
  • 2017
    “Is Trump Emboldening Right-Wing Extremism in Canada?”, The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    “The Battle of Narratives: Contending Against ISIS’ Propaganda Machine in the Destruction of the Al-Nuri Mosque” (co-written with M.A. Argentino), The Mantle
  • 2017
    “How the Islamic State Uses ‘Virtual Lessons’ to Build Loyalty” (co-written with M.-A. Argentino), The Conversation Canada
  • 2017
    "Connaissons-nous vraiment l'histoire de Noël ?", The Conversation France
  • 2016
    The Global Impact of Religious Violence (co-edited with S. Loumakis and C. Miceli), Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    Constructing Religious Identities during the Second Temple Period / Construction des identités religieuses à l’époque de la période du Second Temple (co-edited with A. Gignac and G. Oegema), Peeters
  • 2016
    “Global Terrorism: A New Age of Unpredictability”, Open Canada
  • 2016
    “The Tyranny of Political Correctness and Religious Violence", The Global Impact of Religious Violence, Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    “Understanding ISIS’ Jihadist Strategy” , Open Canada
  • 2016
    “Religion and Violence on the Global Scene” (co-written with S. Loumakis and C. Miceli), The Global Impact of Religious Violence, Wipf & Stock
  • 2016
    “Prévenir la radicalisation chez les jeunes : Enseigner l’histoire des religions au lieu du cours ÉCR” , La face cachée du cours Éthique et culture religieuse, Leméac
  • 2015
    “Contrer le terrorisme : défi des sociétés occidentales face à l’extrémisme religieux”, Le Huffington Post Québec
  • 2015
    “Que faire contre les imams autoproclamés ?”, La Presse
  • 2015
    “Education should be at the Heart of Quebec's Anti-Radicalization Plan”, Montreal Gazette
  • 2015
    “Des textes sacrés explosifs. Incitation à la violence et à la radicalisation ?”, La Presse
  • 2015
    "Le problème, c'est l'intégrisme”, La Presse