Dr Tristan Dunning

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Tristan Dunning is sessional teaching instructor and honorary research fellow. He possesses a PhD in Political Science awarded by the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ. He is the author of Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine published as part of Routledge's Critical Terrorism Studies Series, based on extensive fieldwork throughout Palestine and the wider Middle East.

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

He writes short-form pieces about contemporary socio-political phenomena for The Conversation, Australian Outlook, The New Arab and Daily Sabah. He can be followed @trisdunning and/or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/drtristandunning

Research Interests

  • National movements of the Middle East, particularly the cases of Palestine and Kurdistan
  • The legacy of colonialism on self-determination, state formation and governance in the Middle East
  • Gender relations in the Middle East
  • Islamism
  • Critical approaches to “terrorism”
  • Conflict in Iraq and Syria


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Doyle, Damian and Dunning, Tristan (2016). Politics or piety? Problematising the Sunni-Shi'a Schism in Iraq. In Doreen Peters (Ed.), Islam: global issues, challenges and perspectives of the 21st century (pp. 1-34) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor