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Matthew Whiting

  • Introduction to Contemporary Democracy (PO1ICD)
  • British Government and Politics (PO2BGP)
  • Politics of Public Policy (PIM49) 

Areas of interest

Democratization, state responses to internal threats, non-state armed groups, political moderation, British politics, Northern Ireland, Turkey, Kurds.


I received my PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE), which looked at the moderation of Sinn Fein and the IRA in Northern Ireland with a particular focus on British state responses.

My subsequent work has focused on other cases of internal conflict, notably the Turkish state’s response to Kurdish radicalism.

Prior to working at Reading, I also held posts at University of Birmingham, University of Kent and the LSE.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Government, LSE
  • PGCertHE, LSE
  • MSc in Sociology, University College Dublin
  • BA(Hons) in Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Awards and honours

  • British Academy. Facing Threats to Democracy Under Conditions of Emergency: Understanding Post-Failed Coup Turkey and its relations with Europe. 20182021
  • British Institute at Ankara. How Emergency Rule Became an Everyday Tool of Government in Turkey. 20202021

Selected publications

  • Whiting, M and S Bauchowitz (2020) The Myth of Power-Sharing and Polarisation: Evidence from Northern Ireland. Political Studies.
  • Kaya, ZN and M Whiting (2019) The HDP, the AKP and the Battle for Turkish Democracy. Ethnopolitics 18(1): 92-106.
  • Özerdem, A and M Whiting (2019) The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics. Routledge.
  • Whiting M (2018) Sinn Féin and the IRA: From Revolution to Moderation. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Whiting M (2018) Moderation without Change: The Strategic Transformation of Sinn Féin and the IRA in Northern Ireland. Government and Opposition 53(2): 288-311.
  • Kaya ZN and Whiting M (2017) Sowing Division. Kurds in the Syrian War. Middle East Policy 24(1): 79-91.


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