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Professor of Political Communications, London Metropolitan University

My teaching and research interests include the political economy of the global mass media, policy reforms to media systems within Britain and the European Union, the political relations between Hollywood and Washington, and the rise of celebrity politics.

I have published four books including Politics and the Mass Media (Oxford: Blackwells, 1997), European Television Industries (with Petros Iosifidis and Jeanette Steemers) (London, British Film Institute, 2005) and Hollywood: Politics and Society (London: British Film Institute, 2006) and Celebrity Politics: Image and Identity in Contemporary Political Communications (Cambridge: Polity 2013).

Most recently, my research interests have focused on political representations in American films, the political value of the social media and the role of celebrity diplomacy in international affairs.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Communications , London Metropolitan University