Alexei Anisin, Ph.D.

Dean, Senior Lecturer International Relations & Diplomacy

Letenská 5, Prague 1

Dr. Anisin graduated from the University of Essex with a PhD in Government and has likewise conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University. He is dean and senior lecturer in the School of International Studies and Diplomacy. Dr. Anisin’s research interests lie in the application of multi-methodological tools, including quantitative methods, qualitative comparative analysis, and causal process tracing to research questions on social conflict and political violence.


comparative politics: political violence; mass murder; nonviolence; quantitative and qualitative research methods; Boolean and decision-theoretic modeling

Interview Expertise

Dr. Anisin has frequently been interviewed on the following subjects: protests/social movements; revolutionary mobilization; security force defection; political violence; mass shootings; ideologically motivated violence


Publications & Other Activities


  • The Singularity of State Repression. Vernon Press.
  • Authoritarian Liberal Surveillance and the COVID-19 Pandemic. De Gruyter.
  • Mass Shootings and Civilian Armament. Routledge.
  • Mass Shootings in Central and Eastern Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mechanisms and the Contingency of Social Causality. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Peer-reviewed Articles

[30] 2023. The Perfect Storm? Political Instability and Background Checks During COVID-19. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 12, 15–26.

[29] 2023. Resistance and Military Defection in Turkey. Co-authored with Pelin Ayan Musil. Mediterranean Politics, 28(2), 202-226.

[27] 2022.Discourse, Antagonisms, and Identities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 128, 39-60.

[26] 2022. Military Defection During the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 16(2), 26-53.

[25] 2022. Comparing central and Eastern European mass shootings to American mass shootings. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Onlinefirst.

[24] 2022. Pandemic Surveillance Capitalism: Authoritarian Liberalism or Democratic Backsliding? Journal of Political Power, 15(2), 262-278.

[23] 2022. Heidegger and the Technocratic Warping of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 22(3), 321-332.

[22] 2022. Protester-Police Fraternization in the 2013 Gezi Park Uprisings. Co-authored with Pelin Ayan Musil. Social Movement Studies, 21(4), 395-412.

[21] 2021. Identity, Repression, and the Collapse of Apartheid. Strategic Review for Southern Africa, 43(2), 308-336.

[20] 2021. Humanity and the Disruption of the Cosmos: How Berdyaev Foresaw our Reliance on Machines. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(3), 33–59.

[17] 2021. Exogenous Events and Media Reporting of Mass Shootings. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 13(2), 160-173.

[16] 2020. Unravelling the Complex Nature of Security Force Defection. Global Change, Peace and Security, 32(2), 135-55.

[15] 2020. Debunking the Myths Behind Nonviolent Civil Resistance. Critical Sociology, 46(7-8), 1121-1139.

[14] 2020. The Revolutions of 1989 and Defection in Warsaw Pact States. Democracy and Security, 16(2), 151-178.

[13] 2019. Violence, Resistance, and Social Transformation in Anarchist Thought and Practice. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 38(4), 383-400.

[12] 2019. Mass Shootings and their Asymmetric Effect on Civilian Armament. Crime, Law and Social Change, 72(4), 483-500.

[11] 2019. Comparing Protest Massacres. Journal of Historical Sociology, 32(2), 258-274.

[10] 2019. Diverse and Alternative Economic Practice in The Trailer Park Boys Series, 2002-2018. Journal of Cultural Geography, 36(3), 317-345.

[9] 2019. Tracing the State of Nature in Stephen King’s Under the Dome. Socialism and Democracy, 33(1), 166-185.

[8] 2018. A Distinction Without a Difference: Examining the Causal Pathways Behind Ideologically Motivated Mass Public Shootings. Homicide Studies, 22(3), 235-255. Co-authored with Joel Capellan.

[7] 2018. Social Causation and Protest Mobilization: Why Temporality and Interaction Matter. Territory, Politics, Governance, 6(3), 279-301.

[6] 2018. A Configurational Analysis of 44 U.S. Mass Shootings: 1975-2015. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 42(1), 55-73.

[5] 2017. Antagonisms and the Discursive Sedimentation of American Gun Culture: A New Framework. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 17(2), 133-139.

[4] 2016. Repression, Spontaneity, and Collective Action: The 2013 Turkish Gezi Protests. Journal of Civil Society, 12(4), 411-429.

[3] 2016. Violence Begets Violence: Why States Should Not Lethally Repress Popular Protest. International Journal of Human Rights, 20(7), 893-913.

[1] 2014. Adverse Repression and Social Transformation: A Political Process Model. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 8(2), ISSN 2327-0071.

Other Publications

  • 2024 (forthcoming). A Comparative Analysis of U.S. and Central and Eastern European Gun Regulations. In, P. Squires, Handbook on Gun Violence and Society. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • 2020. The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia: by Mark Galeotti, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2018, Xii, 344 pp., ISBN 978-0-300-18682-6. Global Crime 22(2), 166-169.
  • 2019. Massacres in Iran: What Happens Next?, Political Violence at a Glance, December 17, 2019.
  • 2013. LSEReviewofBooks: Book Review, Pedersen, David. “American Value: Migrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States.” University of Chicago Press. 2013.
  • 2013. LSEReviewofBooks: Book Review, Kai Hafez. “The Myth of Media Globalization.” Polity. 2007.
  • 2013. LSEReviewofBooks: Book Review, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Conny Roggeband, Bert Klandermans. “The Future of Social Movement Research: Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Processes.” University Of Minnesota Press. 2013.
  • 2013. LSEReviewofBooks: Book Review, Shannon O’Neil. “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead.” Oxford University Press. 2013.
  • 2013. LSEReviewofBooks: Book Review, Matar and Harb. “Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image, and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine.” IB Tauris. 2013.

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