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Dr Max Harwood is a sessional lecturer and adjunct fellow with the Department of Anthropology, and a Senior Policy Officer with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice Countering Violent Extremism program.

Originally from the Central Coast (NSW), Max was based in Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Ottawa from 2013-2019 as he completed his doctoral studies.

As an anthropologist, Max specialises in ethnographic filmmaking. His PhD studied Turkish and Israeli masculinity, nationalism and militarism, resulting in both a feature length documentary film and a written dissertation. His thesis was examined by Dr Ahron Bregman (King's College London), A/Prof Jennifer Deger (James Cook University) and Dr Yael Navaro (University of Cambridge).

Before commencing his PhD, Max’s professional background was in Australian native title, where he has worked as a visual anthropologist and ethnographic film consultant since 2011. He is currently a partnered remote consultant with the Indigenous Desert Alliance (Perth).

Since returning to Sydney in 2019, Max has commenced new research on modern white nationalism - specifically the online subculture, politics and phenomenology of Australian white nationalists - as well as the globalised phenomenon of Replacement Theory stochastic terrorism.

Research interests

  • Turkish and Israeli nationalism and militarism
  • Conscription and state crafted masculinity
  • Australian white nationalism and ideology
  • White nationalist phenomenology and digital subculture
  • Ethnographic film production and the visual mode of anthropology


Lecturer/Unit Convenor:

ANTH3002: The Anthropology of Politics and Power (S2, 2020)

ANTH3021: Globalisation, Conflict & Religion (S1, 2020; S1, 2021; S1 2022 [sched.])

ANTH2004: Art & Culture (S2, 2019)

ANTH1006: Drugs Across Cultures (S3, 2019/2020; S3, 2020/2021)

ANTH1051: Human Evolution & Diversity (S3, 2020/2021)

Guest Lecturer:

ANTH3024: Doing Ethnography (S1/S2, 2017- ongoing)

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2019; S1, 2021)

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Religions (S1, 2019)

Head Tutor/Unit Administrator:

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2019; S2, 2020)

ANTH1050: Introduction to Anthropology (S2, 2019) 

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Religions (S1, 2019; S2, 2020)


ARTS1000: Humanities & The World (S1, 2020)

ANTH1051: Human Evolution & Diversity (S1, 2020)

ANTH2004: Art & Culture (S1, 2019)

ANTH1050: Introduction to Anthropology (S2, 2019; S2, 2021) 

ANTH1007: The Anthropology of Contemporary Religions (S1, 2019)

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2018; S1, 2019; S1, 2021)


MRes Internship Supervisor (S2, 2020)


Research engagement

Max is the founder and festival co-director of the Macquarie University International Ethnographic Film Festival (MUIEFF), hosted within the Department of Anthropology.

Since 2017, Max has organised and hosted a two week annual ethnographic filmmaking workshop for undergraduate anthropology students in both ANTH2004 and ANTH3024.


Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 17 Sep 2019

External positions

Senior Policy Officer | Countering Violent Extremism (Office of Community Safety and Cohesion), Department of Communities and Justice

May 2021 → …

Consultant, Indigenous Desert Alliance

2018 → …


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