Frank Ellis (lecturer)

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Frank Ellis is an author and former lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Leeds who was suspended for alleged racism.[1]


Before entering academia, Ellis served in the Parachute Regiment and the Special Air Service.[2] Prior to his appointment at Leeds University he taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[3]

Macpherson Report[edit]

In 2000, Ellis came in for criticism after making plans to attend a conference hosted by American Renaissance, where he would deliver a speech attacking the findings of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.[1] Ellis had written for white supremacist magazine American Renaissance before the conference, and continued writing for it after. He subsequently published, in early 2001, his book The Macpherson Report - Anti-Racist Hysteria and the Sovietisation of Britain, with a Preface by Professor Antony Flew.[4]

Leeds University[edit]

In February/March 2006, a contributor to the university newspaper Leeds Student, Matt Kennard, interviewed Dr. Ellis during which the academic expressed his support for The Bell Curve theory developed by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray that there are racial differences in average intelligence. Ellis's comments were widely condemned, particularly in the light of his endorsement of the British National Party.[5][6] A campaign was launched by Hanif Leylabi, President of the Unite Against Fascism organisation, which called upon the university to sack Ellis. The story received coverage in The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Times Higher Education and various other national newspapers and radio stations as well as national and local television services. A statement was released by Leeds University Union calling for his dismissal. Leeds University condemned Ellis' views as "abhorrent".[5]

Ellis was subsequently suspended by the Vice-Chancellor, Michael Arthur, pending disciplinary proceedings.[5] The University issued a media release stating that it was investigating an alleged breach of its diversity policy. It also said Ellis's views were wholly at odds with the University's values, he had jeopardised the university's obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, and that he had not apologised for his remarks.[7] Ellis took early retirement in June 2006, pre-empting the outcome of the disciplinary action.[2]

Publications on Russia[edit]

In 1994, Ellis' book Vasily Grossman: The Genesis and Evolution of a Russian Heretic was published.[8] From Glasnost to the Internet: Russia's New Infosphere (Palgrave MacMillan) followed in 1998.[9]. The University of Kansas issued The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army in 2013.[10]

Other activities[edit]

Ellis addressed the Enoch Powell Centenary Dinner[11] of the far-right Traditional Britain Group in 2012[12] on the subject of "Liberal Totalitarianism".[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stuart Millar (2 March 2000). "Leeds don to attack Lawrence findings". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b Alexandra Smith (12 July 2006). "Lecturer at centre of race row takes early retirement". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Introduction in the book The Macpherson Report, 2001, p.2.
  4. ^ Ellis, Frank (1 April 2001). Turner, Derek Andrew (ed.). "The Macpherson Report: Anti-racist Hysteria and the Sovietization of the United Kingdom". Right Now Press Ltd. Retrieved 19 October 2018 – via Amazon.
  5. ^ a b c Matthew Taylor (24 March 2006). "University suspends lecturer in racism row who praised BNP". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Tony Halpin (24 March 2006). "Lecturer is suspended for 'racist' IQ claims". The Times. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Racism row lecturer is suspended". BBC News. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Vasiliy Grossman: The Genesis and Evolution of a Russian Heretic". Berg Publishers. 14 June 1994. Retrieved 19 October 2018 – via Amazon.
  9. ^ Ellis, Frank. From Glasnost to the Internet: Russia's New Infosphere. Palgrave MacM. ISBN 9780333670958. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ Frank Ellis. The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army (Modern War Studies). (Hardcover, 1st ed.). University Press of Kansas. ISBN 9780700619016. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ Usborne, Simon (16 August 2013). "Revealed: The third man in THAT Traditional Britain photo - and what he says about the new loony right". The Independent. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Familiar obsessions - Searchlight Magazine". 13 May 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  13. ^ BritishActivism (29 June 2012). "Traditional Britain Group - Frank Ellis - Liberal Totalitarianism". YouTube. Retrieved 19 October 2018.