Mr Joseph Mulhall

Supervised by

  • Dan Stone First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

Research Areas

British political extremism. British fascism, far-right, antisemitism, islamophobia and British Islamic extremism. 


PhD Thesis: The Unbroken Thread: British Fascism, its Ideologues and Ideologies, 1939-1960

The thesis (completed 2016) provides an in-depth analysis of the core ideological beliefs and policy priorities of the various fascist organisations that attempted to relaunch fascist, anti-Semitic and racist politics in the wake of WWII and the Holocaust. The study will aim to determine if the war, the revelation of the Holocaust and the advent of non-white immigration into Britain, forced a shift in the ideological priorities of Britain's far right. 


Educational Background

BA Hons Politics and History, University of Liverpool

MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, London School of Economics and Political Science 



Joe has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC 10 O'clock News, CNN, and Channel 4 News discussing his research. His research has appeared in The Independent (front page), The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Irish Independent, Birmingham Mail, France 24, Israel National News, MSN News, Reuters, Belfast Telegraph, Sankei Newspaper (Japan), Hope not hate Magazine, Open Democracy (Online), Extremis Project (Online). 


Chapter in Book

Joe Mulhall, Anglo-American Far Right Networks in the Immediate Postwar Period, in Graham Macklin and Fabian Virchow, (Eds), Transnational Extreme Right Networks (Routledge, Forthcoming) 

Joe Mulhall, From Clowns to Contenders: The Evolution and Expansion of the British Based Al-Muhajiroun Network, in Lorenzo Vidino, (Eds), ISIS Incubators: The Emergence of Salafi Jihadism in Europe (UAE: Al Mesbar, 2014)


Journal Articles 

Joe Mulhall, 'From apathy to obsession: the reaction of A.K. Chesterton and the British far right to imperial decline', Patterns of Prejudice on 'The Ideologies and Ideologues of the Radical Right' (Vol. 50, no. 4/5, November 2016) 

Joe Mulhall, Book Review of Fighting Fascism: The British Left and the Rise of Fascism, 1919-1939. By Keith Hodgson. Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2014, in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, (Forthcoming).  



Joe Mulhall, Going Mainstream: The mainstreaming of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and North America (London: Hope not hate Publications, 2017)

Joe Mulhall and Nick Lowles, The Counter-Jihad Movement: Anti-Muslim hatred from the margins to the mainstream (London: Hope not hate Publications, 2015)

Nick Lowles and Joe Mulhall, Gateway to Terror: Anjem Choudary and the al-Muhajiroun Network, (London: Hope not hate Publications, 2013)

Joe Mulhall. “Top Individuals.” In The ‘Counter-Jihad’ Movement: The global trend feeding anti-Muslim hatred., ed. David Williams and Nick Lowles. (London: Searchlight Educational Trust, 2012)


Papers and Conferences

Countering Islamophobia: Best Policy Practises, European Isalamophobia Summit, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2016. 

Digital Discourse and the Holocaust Panel, Conference on the Holocaust in Public Discourse, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Budapest, Hungary, (November 2015)

The Birth of Holocaust Denial, The 12th International MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, USA, (October 2015)

Jim Crow and John Bull: The Anglo-American far right in the immediate postwar period, RHUL Postgraduate Seminar, (Sept 2015)

Round table on issues of ethics at ESRC Research Seminar Series Right Wing Extremism in contemporary Europe, Seminar 3: Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas in Researching the Extreme Right, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, (December 2014)

From Windrush to the Notting Hill Riots: Violent Reactions to the arrival of postwar immigrants, Teeshist2014, Teesside University, (Sept 2014)

The Invisible Women: Women and the British Anti-fascist Movement. Institute of Historical Research History Lab Seminar, (March 2014)

Celebration, Condemnation and Denial: British Fascists' Reaction to the Holocaust. Royal Holloway, University of London, Postgraduate Seminar, (Sept 2013)

A.K. Chesterton's New Unhappy Lords and the Decline of the British Empire. Fascist Ideologues Conference, Teesside University (July 2013)

The Unbroken Thread: British Fascism during WWII. Weiner Library Conference, British Fascism, Anti-Fascism and Jewish Defence (2013)


Teaching Responcibilities 

HS2015 - The Politics of Postwar Europe, 1945-2000



Research Assistant, Harvard University

Trustee of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Convener RHUL Postgraduate Seminar

Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society

Treasurer of the Institute of Historical Society History Lab (2013-14)



International Fellowship, MTSU Holocaust Studies Programme (2015)

Royal Historical Society - RHS Postrgaduate Research Grant (2015)

Arts and Human Research Council- full award (2012-2015) 

Arts and Human Research Council- Travel/Research Grant (2013)

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