Simon Purdue is a PhD Candidate at Northeastern University in Boston, where he is doing research on race, racism and violence, specifically looking at women in extremist right-wing movements between 1969 and 2009. Simon received his BA (international) in history from University College Dublin in 2015.
He then received a Wellcome Trust medical humanities scholarship to continue his work at the MA level. He received his MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine, also from UCD, in 2016. His master’s thesis explored gender and occupational health in industrial Belfast between 1870 and 1914, and was published in Irish Historical Studies (Cambridge University Press) in Fall 2019. Simon has worked on a number of other projects, including an article which took an intersectional approach to the history of Boston’s ‘Grove Hall Welfare Protests’. This work resulted in Simon being invited to comment on policing in Boston for a podcast entitled ‘A People’s History’, produced by Jacobin Magazine in conjunction with Open Source Radio. The podcast was released in late 2019.
Simon has been a teaching assistant at Northeastern for four semesters, where he has lectured on topics such as the global far right and the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, and has both built and taught an undergraduate course entitled ‘The Global Far Right Since 1945: Politics, Culture and Violence’. Simon is a doctoral fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, based at the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. He is also an editor at H-Nationalism, an online network of over 3000 scholars of nationalism and its history. Simon also served as lead editorial assistant at Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society in the 2017-18 academic year.