Dr Tristan Dunning

Honorary Research Fellow

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


Dr Tristan Dunning is an Associate Professor in political science and public administration at the American University of Afghanistan and an honorary research fellow in history at UQ. He has a PhD in Political Science awarded by the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ. Tristan is the author of Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine (2016) published as part of Routledge's Critical Terrorism Studies Series, based on extensive fieldwork throughout Palestine and the wider Middle East. He is the editor of compiled volume Palestine: Past and Present (2019).

Tristan has also worked as a lecturer at UQ, the Australian National University, the University of the Sunshine Coast, 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.

Tristan has published academic articles in Terrorism and Political Violence, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Small Wars and Insurgences, as well as under the auspices of the Australian Parliamentary Library. He has written numerous short-form pieces about contemporary socio-political phenomena, inter alia, for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Conversation, Australian Outlook, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New Arab and Daily Sabah. Follow him on @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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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Dunning, Tristan (2019). Hamas: religion, Israel and peace. Palestine: past and present. (pp. 177-211) edited by Tristan Dunning. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Dunning, Tristan (2019). Palestine: 100 years later. Palestine: past and present. (pp. 1-24) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Dunning, Tristan, Kear, Martin and Alsoos, Imad (2019). Whither Palestine?. Palestine: past and present. (pp. 213-242) edited by Tristan Dunning. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

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

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