Professor, Teesside University

Nigel Copsey is a Professor in Modern History at Teesside University who specialises in the study of historical and contemporary forms of anti-fascism alongside the study of fascism and the far right.

His first history of anti-fascism in Britain (published as second edition in 2017) has become a key point of reference in the developing field of ‘anti-fascist’ studies. His co-edited volume, Varieties of Anti-Fascism (2010), which examined the plurality of anti-fascisms in inter-war Britain further advanced historical interest in this area. His more recent work focuses on contemporary forms of transnational militant anti-fascism, including studies of militant anti-fascist exchange. Nigel has recently co-edited a volume on Nordic anti-fascism, Anti-fascism in the Nordic Countries, and he is currently working on a transnational history of global anti-fascism.

Professor Copsey co-edits ‘Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right’ as well as the Brill journal, Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of COMFAS, the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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  • Copsey, N., Brasken, K., and Lundin, J (eds.) (2019) Anti-fascism in the Nordic Countries. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Copsey, N. (2018) “Militant Antifascism: An Alternative (Historical) Reading”, Society, 55 (3): 243-247.
  • Copsey, N. (2017) Anti-Fascism in Britain. Abingdon: Routledge.
  •  Copsey. N. (2017) “VON ROM NACH CHARLOTTESVILLE: Eine sehr kurze Geschichte des globalen Antifaschismus”, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (16 Oct).
  • Copsey, N. (2016) “Crossing Borders: Anti-Fascist Action (UK) and Transnational Anti-Fascist Militancy in the 1990s”, Contemporary European History, 25 (4): 707-22.

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