Max Harwood

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Dr Max Harwood is a sessional lecturer, unit convenor and adjunct fellow with the Department of Anthropology (Macquarie School of Social Sciences), and a Senior Associate with the NSW Government's Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.

Originally from the Central Coast (NSW), Max was based in Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Ottawa from 2011 - 2019 as he completed both his honours and doctoral fieldwork.

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

Before commencing his PhD, Max’s professional background was in Australian native title, where he worked as an applied visual anthropologist, remote community fieldworker and ethnographic film consultant. He remains a partnered consultant with the Indigenous Desert Alliance (Perth).

Since returning to Sydney, Max's research focus is on modern white nationalism and far-right extremism - specifically the online subculture, politics and phenomenology of Australian white nationalists - as well as the globalised phenomenon of Replacement Theory violent extremists.

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


Primary Lecturer/Unit Convenor:

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

ANTH3021: Globalisation, Conflict & Religion (S1, 2020; S1, 2021; S1 2022)

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- present)

ANTH2024: Mad, Bad, Sad: Cross Cultural Perspectives (S1, 2022)

ANTH2003: Food Across Cultures (S1, 2019; S1, 2021; S1 2022)

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)

Postgraduate Supervision:

MRes co-supervisor (2022)

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 Associate | Countering Violent Extremism Program, Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW

May 2021 → …

Partnered Consultant, Indigenous Desert Alliance

2018 → …


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