Dr. Veilleux-Lepage is a Senior Researcher in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative at Georgia State University, where he works on Department of Defense funded projects analyzing online extremist discourse and the media products produced by extremist groups.
Dr. Veilleux-Lepage’s 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. His doctoral research, which explained the process by which new techniques of political contention appear, transform, spread, and disappear, drawing on insights from evolutionary theory, will be the subject of an upcoming book, titled How Terror Evolves: The Emergence and Spread of Terrorist Techniques, which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield International in May 2019.
Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Dr. Veilleux-Lepage worked as an intelligence analyst specializing in international terrorism and emerging threats for the Government of Canada. Yannick holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of St Andrews; a Masters in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Security Studies) from Carleton University.
Dr. Veilleux-Lepage is also a 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.