Martha Newson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.


As a cognitive anthropologist, Martha has a broad interest in people and their behaviours. Her research centres on group bonding and the extreme behavioural outcomes that can become associated with it. She is based at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford, but lives in Kent, with field sites in the UK, Brazil, Australia, and Indonesia. Martha works with football fans, ‘hooligans’, and more recently Islamist fundamentalists to answer questions on the nature of group identity, cooperation, and aggression.

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars
— Jack Kerouac