Paul Cobley joined Middlesex University in 2013.
He was elected President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies in 2014.
He studied at the University of Sussex and, later, at City Polytechnic. He taught part-time at numerous institutions of Higher Education in London and was an Educator at the Freud Museum for five years before becoming a full-time academic in 1992.
His research interests are in Semiotics (Including Biosemiotics, Zoosemiotics and Cybersemiotics), the work of Thomas A Sebeok, Communication Theory, Narrative, Subjectivity, Popular Genres (especially the Thriller).