Simon Purdue

PhD Candidate
Simon Purdue is a PhD candidate in world History at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the construction of gender on the far-right and the role of women in extreme-right paramilitaries in the USA, UK and South Africa. He also specializes in the interconnected and global nature of far-right politics and culture, framing white supremacy as a world-historical issue. Purdue has previously worked on policing and racism in the United States.

The Infiltration of Law Enforcement by Racist Extremists

August 27, 2020

As protests continue to bring cities across the United States to a standstill, the problem of racist policing is more evident than ever before. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department was the latest in a long line of violent assaults on people of...

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

February 18, 2020

A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia. A member of the National Socialist White People’s Party (previously American Nazi Party), Coey had...