Francis Patrick O’ Connor is from a rural area close to Limerick city in the south west of Ireland. He studied Sociology/Politics and Italian at NUI Galway and subsequently completed a Masters on Middle East Politics in SOAS. He defended his PhD thesis “Armed Social Movements and Insurgency. The PKK and its Communities of Support” at the European University Institute in 2014.
Research interests : political violence, social Movements, emotional politics, transnationalism and ethno-nationalism.