Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Aurélien Mondon

Senior Lecturer in French and comparative politics working on racism, populism, the far right and the crisis of democracy

Aurelien Mondon

Deputy Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in French and comparative politics
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Dr Mondon joined the Department in September 2012. He comes from an interdisciplinary background focusing on discourse analysis, politics and history, as well as French and Australian studies.

Dr Mondon currently works on various project related to racism and right-wing populism, and their impact on liberal democracy.

His various academic and media contributions can be found on his blog.

Research Interests

Working primarily in the recent mainstreaming of the extreme right, and the impact of neo-racist and right-wing populist discourse on liberal democracies, Dr Mondon's research interests include:

  • Racism, 'neo-racism' and Islamophobias in elite discourse
  • Right-wing populism and the people as a ‘threat’ to democracy
  • The extreme and radical rights and their influence on mainstream politics (historical and contemporary)
  • French and Australian modern and contemporary history and politics
  • The relationship between voting and democracy

Current projects



Titley, G., Freedman, D., Khiabany, G. and Mondon, A., eds., 2017. Forthcoming. After Charlie Hebdo? Politics, Media and Free Speech. Zed.

Mondon, A., 2013. A Populist Hegemony?:The mainstreaming of the extreme right in France and Australia. Ashgate.

Westendorf, J.-K., Mondon, A. and Hoffstaedter, G., 2012. How to start a free university. Melbourne Free University.

Book Sections

Mondon, A., 2016. The irresistible rise of the Front National - Populism and the mainstreaming of the extreme right. In: Report by the PRIO Cyprus Centre. PRIO.

Mondon, A., 2013. 'Fair Dinkum' politics or the end of politics. In: Tavan, G., ed. State of the Nation. Collingwood, Australia: Black Inc.


Mondon, A. and Winter, A., 2017. Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream? Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40 (13).

Mondon, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Limiting democratic horizons to a nationalist reaction: populism, the radical right and the working class. Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, 24 (3).

Mondon, A., 2015. Populism, the people and the illusion of democracy:the Front National and UKIP in a comparative context. French Politics, 13 (2), 141–156.

Mondon, A., 2015. UKIP, from a single issue party to the radical right: real symptom, wrong diagnosis. TOR - The Open Review of Social Sciences, 1 (1), pp. 25-27.

Mondon, A., 2015. The French secular hypocrisy:the extreme right, the Republic and the battle for hegemony. Patterns of Prejudice, 49 (4), pp. 392-413.

Mondon, A., 2014. The Front National in the twenty-first century:From pariah to republican democratic contender. Modern and Contemporary France, 22 (3), pp. 301-320.

Mondon, A., 2013. Nicolas Sarkozy's legitimization of the Front National: background and perspectives. Patterns of Prejudice, 47 (1), pp. 22-40.

Mondon, A., 2012. An Australian immunisation to the extreme right? Social Identities, 18 (3), pp. 355-372.

Badiou, A., Ling, A. and Mondon, A., 2009. Translation of Alain Badiou 'Cinema as a democratic emblem'. Parrhesia, 6, pp. 1-6.


Mondon, A. and Glynos, J., 2016. The political logic of populist hype: the case of right wing populism’s ‘meteoric rise’ and its relation to the status quo.Vol. 4. Working Paper. Thessaloniki: Populismus. (POPULISMUS Working Papers; 4)

Non-academic press

Winter, A. and Mondon, A., 2017. Normalized Hate:We cannot ignore the relationship between the media, government, political parties, and the UK's rising tide of far-right violence. Jacobin

Mondon, A., 2017. The French election shows the democratic limits of the country’s presidential system. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2017. France has not escaped Marine Le Pen just yet. CNN News Online

Mondon, A., 2017. O fator Mélenchon na França. Vermelho

Mondon, A., 2017. The Mélenchon Factor. Jacobin

Mondon, A., 2017. Γαλλικές Εκλογές: Ο παράγοντας Μελανσόν. Pass-World

Mondon, A., 2017. The Resurgence of Mainstream Racism and the Need for Nuance in Democratic Turmoil. Institute of Policy Research Blog

Mondon, A., 2017. The rise of the far right - A symptom of a deeper crisis. Das Progressive Zentrum

Mondon, A., 2016. France is paying the price for normalizing Islamophobia. CNN News Online

Mondon, A., 2016. What Dutch Politician Geert Wilders's Trial Says About the Far-Right in Europe. Newsweek

Mondon, A., 2016. Defending the indefensible: France, the burkini affair and the further mainstreaming of racism. Open Democracy

Mondon, A., 2016. Islamophobia(s) in the aftermath of the Nice attack. E-International Relations

Mondon, A., 2016. Refocusing anti-racism: delineating and combatting opportunistic racism in the mainstream. Open Democracy

Mondon, A., 2016. Whatever the result, the referendum will further take us away from politics and hope. Open Democracy

Mondon, A., 2015. Hollande declaring war will not rid Europe of terror. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2015. Ne tombons pas dans le piège de peur et d’exclusion tendu par Daech. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2015. Paris terror attacks:France now faces fight against fear and exclusion. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2015. European reactions to the UK election result. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2015. Divided we stand:nationalism on the march across Europe. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2015. Could the Le Pen family feud be a cunning political ploy? The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2014. WIEVIORKA, Michel Le Front national entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie Paris: Les Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, 2013 88 pp., 9.00€, ISBN: 978-2-7351-1620-1. Modern and Contemporary France

Mondon, A. and Startin, N., 2013. Far-right earthquake could be bigger than 2002 for France. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2013. French reactionary hypocrisy: the hijab, gay marriage and secularism. Open Democracy

Mondon, A., 2012. France 2012:Sarkozy’s battle with the right hands Hollande the presidency. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2012. France 2012:Sarkozy may be doomed, but Hollande faces an unenviable challenge. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2012. The french election:The advanced symptoms of a sick democracy. Arena Magazine

Mondon, A., 2012. The year of the Front. Z Magazine

Mondon, A., 2011. Violent ideals or populist strategies? Re-Public

Mondon, A., 2011. France 2012:Sarkozy’s tough road ahead. The Conversation

Mondon, A., 2011. A lesson in populist rhetoric. Arena Magazine

Mondon, A., 2010. On the fluctuating value of lives. Arena Magazine

Mondon, A., 2010. A free university for Melbourne. Arena Magazine

Mondon, A., 2010. The 'Devil' in Haiti. Arena Magazine


Mondon, A., 2017. Populismus map - Australia. Populismus.

Mondon, A. and Moon, D., 2017. Populismus map - United Kingdom. Populismus.

This list was generated on Thu Oct 19 12:48:01 2017 IST.