Anne Aly

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Dr Anne Aly

Anne Aly MP.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowan
Assumed office
2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
Preceded byLuke Simpkins
Personal details
Azza Mahmoud Fawzi Hosseini Ali el Serougi

(1967-03-29) 29 March 1967 (age 51)
Alexandria, Egypt
Political partyLabor
Alma materAmerican University in Cairo
Edith Cowan University

Anne Azza Aly (born Azza Mahmoud Fawzi Hosseini Ali el Serougi[1], 29 March 1967) is an Australian politician who has been a Labor member of the House of Representatives since the 2016 election, representing the electorate of Cowan in Western Australia. She was previously an academic specialising in counter-terrorism.

Aly is the first female federal parliamentarian of Muslim faith.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Aly was born in Alexandria, Egypt and migrated to Australia at the age of two years.[3][4] Aly graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honours in English Literature, with a minor in Acting;[4][5] and in 1994, received a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Language Studies) from Edith Cowan University;[5] followed by a Master of Education degree in 1996, and PhD in 2008, both from Edith Cowan University. Her PhD thesis focused on media and culture, and was entitled A study of audience responses to the media discourse about the 'Other': The Fear of Terrorism between Australian Muslims and the Broader Community.[5]

Before she entered parliament, Aly worked in education and multicultural affairs policy for the Government of Western Australia from 2000 to 2007, and for the Equal Opportunity Commission WA from 2007 to 2008. After obtaining her PhD, she lectured in counter-terrorism and security at Edith Cowan University from 2009 to 2011, and then at Curtin University from 2011. She was appointed Associate Professor at Curtin in 2014, and Professor at Edith Cowan in 2015. She has also operated her own policy consulting firm since 2011.

Academic career[edit]

In 2008, Aly received the Dean's Award for Best New Researcher from Edith Cowan University.[5] In 2009, she won a Publication Award from the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers,[5] and she appointed to the Council for Australian Arab Relations at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.[4] In 2011, she was inducted into the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame.[5] Aly's research has been funded by the Australian Research Council's Safeguarding Australia Initiative.[4]

Aly is the founder of People Against Violent Extremism, an Associate Professor and a Research Fellow at Curtin University, and an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University. She has written on terrorist recruitment and counter-messaging[6] and the involvement of former white supremacists in speaking out against violent extremism.[7][8][9][10][11]

In 2014, Aly was a panelist on Islam and terrorism at an Australian Coalition meeting.[12] In 2015, Aly announced that her organisation, People Against Violent Extremism had raised $40,800 for a mentoring program for young activists.[13] The mentoring program includes training through MyHack, which trains university students to brainstorm and develop counter-messaging to extremist propaganda online.[13]

Aly is an active member of Curtin University's The Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), leading its Countering Online Violent Extremism research program.[14]

Political career[edit]

Aly was preselected as the Labor candidate for Cowan in January 2016 for the 2016 federal election.[15] At that election Aly was successful in winning the seat from the incumbent, Luke Simpkins, but by a slender margin of 0.68 points.


  • Anne Aly (2011). Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4202-5640-6.[16]
  • Aly, Anne; Macdonald, Stuart; Jarvis, Lee; Chen, Thomas M., eds. (2016), Violent extremism online : new perspectives on terrorism and the Internet, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-317-43187-9
  • Aly, Anne (2018), Finding My Place : From Cairo to Canberra – The irresistible story of an irrepressible woman, HarperCollinsPublishers Australia, ISBN 978-0-7333-3848-9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Finding My Place: From Cairo". 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet the record breakers of the 45th Parliament". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Labor candidate and terrorism expert Anne Aly questions citizenship laws, slams 'politics of fear'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Billstein, Monique (1 April 2011). "One-of-a-kind terrorism book launched at Curtin" (Press release). Curtin University. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts Staff Associate Professor Anne Aly". Curtin University. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  6. ^ Aly, Anne; Weimann-Saks, Dana & Weimann, Gabriel (2014). "Making 'Noise' Online: An Analysis of the Say No to Terror Online Campaign".
  7. ^ "De-radicalisation and the 'authentic voices' of reason". ABC Radio National.
  8. ^ "Counter-terrorism expert, Dr Anne Aly". Lateline (Interview). Australia: ABC TV. 21 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Illegitimate: When Moderate Muslims Speak Out".
  10. ^ "The anti-extremist activist". 12 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Zaky Mallah: Alan Tudge, Malcolm Turnbull boycott Q & A". NewsComAu.
  12. ^ Bourke, Latika (23 September 2014). "Liberal MP Alex Hawke accuses ABC's Q&A of broadcasting 'conspiracy theories' on terror raids". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ a b Gartrell, Adam (31 May 2015). "Secret grants for countering violent extremism programs split communities". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Countering Online Violent Extremism – Centre For Culture & Technology". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  15. ^ Wroe, David (28 January 2016). "Labor candidate and terrorism expert Anne Aly questions citizenship laws, slams 'politics of fear'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Society & social sciences / Warfare & defence - Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives".

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Luke Simpkins
Member for Cowan