Professor Dominic Alessio

Professor Dominic Alessio

Professor of History, Vice President International Programmes

Ph.D., F.R. Hist. S., SFHEA, FRGS

I teach on:
International History
International Relations
Political Science

Some of the courses I teach:

  • HST 5100 – Cultures Of Imperial Power
  • HST 5105 – Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms

Research Clusters:
International Visual Arts Cultures
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

I was born in Wales to Irish-Welsh and Italian parents, raised in Canada and studied in New Zealand after having been awarded a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. I have taught at McMaster University (Canada), St Thomas’s University (Canada), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Trinity St David’ University (Wales). I have been a Visiting Professor in the School of Arts at the University of Northampton, a Visiting Professor at Franklin University (Switzerland), a Research Associate for the Centre for Fascist/Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies, Teesside University (UK), and am a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis for the Radical Right (CARR). I have been invited to give numerous lectures throughout the world and am also a fellow of Royal Historical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and a former Vice Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association.

Research Interest & Expertise:
I am a postcolonial, political and cultural historian of imperialism with additional interests in the history of the extreme right. I am currently working on an ambitious political history investigating definitions of empire and diverse methods of empire formation. This includes the buying and renting of imperial territory as a means of expansion and the role of non-state actors, such as filibusters, corporate players and religious organisations, in the imperial process. I am also working on a project examining the relationship between the extreme right and the occult, heathenism and Satanism. My interests are hiking, fencing and canoeing, and in 2018 I made a successful attempt, with my friend and colleague Mark Horne, to obtain a Guinness World Record for canoeing the length of the River Thames in a double canoe.

  1. “Empires, Corporations and the Second Scramble for Africa” (With Welsey Renfro). Journal of World History (forthcoming 2021)
  2. The Music is Political: Black Metal and the Extreme Right”, Fair Observer (August 10, 2021)
  3. Building Empires Litorally in the South China Sea: Artificial Islands and Contesting Definitions of Imperialism” (with Wesley Renfro). International Politics. Palgrave (July 2021)
  4. “From the Hospitallers to ISIS: Non-State Religious Organisations and Empire” (with Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal), Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, (22, 5, 2020)
  5. “Empire?” (with Wesley Renfro), European Journal of American Studies (15-2 Summer 2020)
  6. The Island of Thieves’: Rethinking Empire and the United States in the South Pacific” (with Wesley Renfro). (Foreign Policy Analysis) (Oxford University Press) [Journal article]
  7. “Spain, Germany and the United States in the Marshall Islands: Re-imagining the imperial in the Pacific” (with Patricia Olle Tejero and Katherine Arnold). Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies 4, 2 (2017): 115-136 (Intellect) [Co-authored article]
  8. Filibustering from Africa to the Americas: Re-thinking Empire and the Origins of Fascism”, Small Wars & Insurgencies (27, 6, 2016) (Taylor & Francis) [Journal article]
  9. “The Voldemort of Empires: Rethinking the Relationship between Empire and United States History” (with Wesley Renfro), International Studies Perspectives 17, no. 3 (2016): 250-66. (Oxford University Press) [Co-authored article]
  10. “Easter Island and the Lost Continent of Mu”, Easter Island: Cultural and Historical Perspectives, edited by Ian Conrich (Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2016) [Authored chapter in book]
  11. “The Dragon Is Not Always Red: The Welsh Defence League and Extreme Nationalism in Wales”, National Identity (2015) (Taylor & Francis) DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2014.987658 [Journal article]
  12. “… territorial acquisitions are among the landmarks of our history”: the buying and leasing of imperial territory”, The Crisis of the Twenty-First Century: Empire in the Age of Austerity, eds. Russell Foster, Matthew Johnson & Mark Edward (London: Routledge, 2014). ISBN 978-0-415-73187-4 [Authored chapter in book]
  13. “Indian Science Fiction Film”, Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, ed. Sonja Fritzsche (with Jessica Langer). (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014). HB ISBN: 9781781380383 [co-authored book chapter]
  14. “Blackshirts for the Twenty-First Century? Fascism and the English Defence League” (with Kristen Meredith), Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (Winter 2013) (Routledge) [Co-authored article]
  15. “Arctic ‘Concessions’ and Icebreaker Diplomacy? Chinese Tourism Development in Iceland” (with Edward H. Huijbens), Current Issues in Tourism (Fall 2013) (Routledge). [Co-authored article]
  16. ‘…territorial acquisitions are among the landmarks of our history’: the buying and leasing of imperial territory”, Global Discourse, 3, I (Summer 2013) (Routledge). [Journal article]
  17. “Decolonising James Cameron’s Pandora: Imperial History and Science Fiction” (with Kristen Meredith), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 13, 2 (Fall 2012) (The John Hopkins University Press). [Co-authored journal article]
  18. Birtingarmyndir kyngervis og þversagnir í markaðsefni íslenskrar ferðaþjónustu (with Edward H. Huijbens, Anna Lísa Jóhannsdóttir, and Lusine Margaryan), Íslenska þjóðfélagið/the Journal of the Icelandic Sociological Association, 3 (2012). [Co-authored journal article]
  19. Small Nations/Big Neighbours. Co-edited with Ian Conrich (Nottingham: Kakapo Books 2012) [Co-edited book]
  20. “Geysirs and ‘Girls’: Gender, Politics and Tourism in Modern Iceland” (with Anna Lisa Johannsdottir), European Journal of Women’s Studies, 18, 1 (Sage: 2011), 35-50. [Co-authored journal article]
  21. New Zealand, France and the Pacific. Co-edited with Ian Conrich (Nottingham: Kakapo Books, 2011) ISBN: 978 0 9557564 5 0. [Co-edited book]
  22. Total Recall Pacific Style: Science Fiction, Colonialism and Pacific Literature”, Exploring Science Fiction: Text and Pedagogy, edited by Geetha B. and Amit Sarwal(New Delhi: CLC Series/SSS Publications, 2011). ISBN No. 81-902282-8-5, 16-36. [Authored chapter in book]
  23. “From Body Snatchers to Mind Snatchers: Indigenous Science Fiction, Postcolonialism, and Aotearoa/New Zealand History”, Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Taylor Francis: July 2011), 257-269. [Journal article]
  24. “Travel, Tourism and Booster Literature: New Zealand’s Cities and Towns at the Turn of the 20th Century”, Studies in Travel Writing, 14, 4 (Routledge: December 2010), 383-396. [Journal article]
  25. “Science Fiction, Hindu Nationalism and Modernity: Bollywood’s Koi… Mil Gaya”, in Ericka Hoagland & Reema Sarwal, eds., Science Fiction, Imperialism, and the Third World: Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film (Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2010), 156-170. [Authored chapter in book]
  26. “‘Monopoly Imperialism’: How Empires Can be Bought and Leased”, Social Europe Journal,, May 21, 2010. [Journal article]
  27. Introduction and editor, The Great Romance. A Rediscovered Utopian Adventure. (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) ISBN-13: 978-0-8032-5996-6 pbk. [Book]
  28. “Promoting Paradise: Utopianism and National Identity in New Zealand”, New Zealand Journal of History, 42. 1, 2008, 22-40. [Journal article]
  29. “Hindu Nationalism and Postcolonialism in Indian Science Fiction: Koi… Mil Gaya (2003)” (with Jessica Langer), New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 5, no.3, 2007, 217-229. [co-authored journal article]
  30. “2006-2008 – the Years of the Pacific? Some Thoughts after Pasifika Styles (University of Cambridge) and Power and Taboo (The British Museum), British Review of New Zealand Studies, 16 (2007), 207-217. [Journal article]
  31. “Redemption, ‘Race’, The Far Right, Religion and Reality: Science Fiction Film Adaptations of Philip K. Dick”, in Will Brooker, ed., The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic (London: Wallflower, 2005), 59-75. [Authored chapter in book]
  32. “A Conservative Utopia?: Anthony Trollope’s The Fixed Period (1881)”, Journal of New Zealand Literature, 22, (May, 2004), 73-94. [Journal article]
  33. “Race, Gender and Proto-Nationalism in Julius Vogel’s Anno Domini 2000”, Foundation, 91, (2004), 36-54. [Journal article]
  34. “Close Encounters of the Earliest Kind: A Postcolonial Sighting of the First Aliens and Colony in Science Fiction (1881)”, for the special edition of ARIEL: A Post-Colonial Odyssey, 33, no.1, (2002/2003), 15-36. [Journal article]
  35. “Things are Different Now”?: A Postcolonial Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, The European Legacy, 6, no.6 (2001), 731-740. [Journal article]
  36. “Gender, Spiritualism and Reform in Late 19th Century New Zealand: Lotti Wilmot’s New Zealand Beds“, British Review of New Zealand Studies, 12 (2000), 55-85. [Journal article]
  37. “Civilisation, Control and Co-operation: Picturing the Natives in the British Settlement Colonies (1870- 1930)”, Journal of Imperial and Post-Colonial Historical Studies 1, no.1 (Spring 2000), 71-112. [Journal article]
  38. The Great Romance, by The Inhabitant”, Kotare: New Zealand Notes and Queries, 2, no.2, (November, 1999), pp.3-17. [Journal piece reproducing a lost text]
  39. The Great Romance: a science-fiction/utopian novelette. Part Two.”, Kotare: New Zealand Notes and Queries, 2, no.1 (May, 1999), pp.48-79. [Journal piece reproducing a lost text]
  40. “’A startling apparteness’: Race, Imperialism and Popular Culture in British Palestine, 1918-1936″, Proceedings of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, (2000) [Article on ECPR CD-Rom)
  41. The Great Romance: a science-fiction/utopian novelette”, Kotare: New Zealand Notes and Queries, (October, 1998), 59-101. [Journal article]
  42. “Domesticating `the Heart of the Wild’: Female Personifications of the Colonies, 1886-1940″, Women’s History Review, (August, 1997), 239-269. [Journal article]
  43. “An Atlantis of the Antipodes? Utopianism and New Zealand”, The Journal of Unconventional History, 7, no.3, (Spring, 1996), pp.53-83. [Journal article]
  44. “Document in the History of Science-Fiction: The Great Romance, by The Inhabitant”, Science Fiction Studies, 20, no.3, (1993), pp.305-340. [Journal article]
  45. “Capitalist Realist Art: Industrial Images of Hamilton, Ontario, 1884-1910”, The Journal of Urban History, 18, no.4, (1992), pp.442-469. [Journal article]
  46. “A Tale of Twenty Cities: the Urban Environment in American Science-Fiction of the 1950s and 1960s”, The Journal of Unconventional History, 2, no.2 (1991), pp. 59-74. [Journal article]
  47. “From the Hospitallers to ISIS: Non-State Religious Organisations and Empire (with Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal)”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (forthcoming 2020)
  1. Ares: A Dutch Netflix Postcolonial Horror Story”, with Yaffa Caswell, Charlie Klucker, Yeats McDonald, and Emma Nourry, Centre for imperial and Global History, University of Essex (November 18, 2020)
  2. Racist Occultism in the UK: behind the Order of None Angles (O9A)” (with Robert Wallis), Open Democracy/Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (23 July, 2020)
  3. Connecting Trump in Greenland with Germany’s Second and Third Reich”, Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (September 7, 2019)

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