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Professor of Politics, Griffith University

Duncan McDonnell is Professor of Politics at Griffith University. In May 2022, he began a 4-year ARC Future Fellowship on the internationalisation of nationalist populism. He gained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Turin in 2008. Before joining Griffith in September 2014, he was a Jean Monnet Fellow and then a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

His main research interests are political parties and populism. He has been a chief investigator on research teams that have held over $1.5 million in funding from the Swedish Research Council and the Australian Research Council for long-term projects on youth wings in Europe, on the relationships between populist and mainstream parties, and on Indigenous involvement in Australian political parties.

He is the author, with Annika Werner, of International Populism: The Radical Right in the European Parliament (2019), published by Oxford University Press. Since 2015, he has published in leading international journals such as Perspectives on Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Democratization, and Political Studies. He tweets at @duncanmcdonnell


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    Professor of Politics, Griffith university