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Professor of Sociology, City, University of London

Professor Jean K. Chalaby obtained his first degree from the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. Following a PhD in Sociology at the LSE in 1994 he became a post-doctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, joining City University London as a lecturer in 2000.

His early career research focused on historical and comparative sociology, publishing notably The Invention of Journalism (Macmillan, 1998) and The de Gaulle Presidency and the Media: Statism and Public Communications (2002, Palgrave Macmillan).

For the past decade, his work has focused on international communication and the global remapping of media spaces, editing Transnational Television Worldwide (I.B. Tauris), and launching the MA Transnational Media & Globalisation in 2005. He authored Transnational Television in Europe four years later (I.B. Tauris). He is currently writing on transnational TV formats.

Professor Chalaby has published in excess of 50 single-authored publications, most of which in the leading academic journals of his field. He regularly delivers papers abroad and has frequently been invited as guest speaker at seminars and colloquia across Europe. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Geneva. He is Head of Department, Sociology, since September 2012.


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    Professor of Sociology, City University London