Yannick Veilleux-Lepage is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He previously worked as a Senior Researcher in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative at Georgia State University, where he worked on Department of Defense funded projects analyzing media products and online discourse produced by extremist groups.
Dr. Veilleux-Lepage holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ontario, Canada. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Security Studies) from Carleton University.
Dr. Veilleux-Lepage’s research is the subject of an upcoming book, titled How Terror Evolves: The Emergence and Spread of Terrorist Techniques, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield International in October 2019.
Other research interests include the creation of online narratives and propaganda which fosters or normalizes terrorism; historical antecedents to terrorism; far-right extremism and the transnational links of far-right groups; ideological and technical diffusion, and the application of evolutionary theory to social sciences. Dr. Veilleux-Lepage has recently secured a Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society Major Research Grant in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Perry (The University of Ontario Institute of Technology) to explores how gender and sexual politics are played out in everyday practice within the extreme right movement, both in terms of the framing of women by the movement, and women’s actions within the movement.
Dr. Veilleux-Lepage is the author of several referred articles and reports. He has appeared or been cited in national and international media as an expert in his field, including: BBC, CBC, CNN, International Business Times, ITV, La Presse, LBC, Metro News (Sweden), Radio-Canada, Sky News, The Global and Mail, The Guardian, and The National Post.
Dr Veilleux-Lepage is Senior Fellow of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Research Associate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Dr. Veilleux-Lepage worked as a senior intelligence analyst specializing in international terrorism and emerging threats for the Government of Canada.