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Professor of Global Communication, University of Leeds

Chris Paterson researches and teaches at the University of Leeds. His research has focused on revealing the unseen processes which create international news, and on analysing communicative processes which disadvantage the global south. His book War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom explored coercion and violence from the United States facing media workers. With co-editors he published Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century, the first book in over two decades to examine the international media’s coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. He has led an AHRC/DfID funded research project concerning the relationship between international aid and journalism, was co-investigator on a British Academy funded project titled Contested Discourses of Africa Rising, and leads climate communication research in Ghana and Kenya.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Leeds


  • 1996 
    University of Texas at Austin, PhD International Communication