An advisor to the UK government has described Arun Kundnani as an “imbecile” who writes “intellectually lazy, retarded, tribal anti-establishment nonsense.” The Times columnist David Aaronovitch has called him an “idiot.” The Guardian has described him as “one of Britain’s best political writers.”
Kundnani writes about racial capitalism and Islamophobia, surveillance and political violence, and Black radical movements. He is the author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror (Verso, 2014) and The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain (Pluto, 2007), which was selected as a New Statesman book of the year. He has written for the Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Vice, and The Intercept. Born in London, he moved to New York in 2010. A former editor of the journal Race & Class, he was miseducated at Cambridge University, and holds a PhD from London Metropolitan University. He has been an Open Society fellow and a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.
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