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Sessional Lecturer, 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 a number of publications including The Conversation, The New Arab, Daily Sabah, and Australian Outlook. He also regularly appears in the media including Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV and radio, Sky News Australia, and variety of 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


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer - Modern Middle East History, The University of Queensland
  • 2006–present
    Sessional Instructor, The University of Queensland
  • 2018–2018
    Senior Researcher - Middle East, Australian Parliamentary Library
  • 2018–2018
    Lecturer - International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2013–2014
    Lecturer, University of Duhok


  • 2013 
    University of Queensland, PhD, Political Science


  • 2018
    "Yemen : the 'worst humanitarian crisis in the world' continues", Australian Parliamentary Library
  • 2018
    Doyle, Damian and Dunning, Tristan, "Recognizing fragmented authority: towards a post-Westphalian security order in Iraq", Small Wars and Insurgencies
  • 2018
    Morris, James and Dunning, Tristan, "Rearing Cubs of the Caliphate: An Examination of Child Soldier Recruitment by Da’esh" , Terrorism and Political Violence
  • 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