Assistant Professor, Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada)

Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion.

He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015), and the co-editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016).

He has also written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs.

Personal webpage

Recent Publications

Forthcoming. With Lorne L. Dawson. “Homegrown Terrorist Radicalization: The Toronto 18 in Comparative Perspective.” The Toronto 18. University of Calgary Press.

Forthcoming. With Stephanie Carvin. “After the Caliphate: The Myths and Realities of ISIS Returnees in Canada.” In Bessma Momani and Thomas Juneau, eds. Canada and the Middle East.

Forthcoming: With Ryan Scrivens. “Haters Gonna Like: Exploring Canadian Far-Right Extremism on Facebook.” In Benjamin Lee, ed. The New Extremism: Readings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Digital Space.

  1. “Terrorism on the Teardrop Island: Understanding the Easter 2019 Attacks in Sri Lanka.” CTC Sentinel. Volume 12, Issue 5 (May/June 2019): 1-10. Available at:
  1. With Deven Parekh, Lorne Dawson, and Derek Ruths. “Studying Jihadists on Social Media: A Critique of Data Collection Methodologies.” Perspectives on Terrorism. Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 2018): 5-23.
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