Dr. Matthew Alford MPhil FHEA teaches Film & Media, International Relations, and British & American politics.
His PhD thesis applied Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to contemporary Hollywood and his subsequent research similarly concerns the representation of Western exceptionalism.
Dr. Alford's documentary feature film and novel, The Writer with No Hands, critically engages conspiracy theory discourse while examining CIA and military public relations activity in the US entertainment industry. The documentary premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and received 3 wins and nine further nominations at festivals worldwide. He is currently collaborating with theatrical directors at Bath Spa University and the University of Lincoln to present related material on stage.
His latest research trip to the Department of Defense's film archive in Washington DC resulted in a new preface to the foreign language translations of his debut book Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy. He has recently co-authored the books National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood and Union Jackboot: What Your Media and Professors Won't Tell You About British Foreign Policy.
Dr. Alford also provides frequent classes and guest talks elsewhere, notably at the University of Bristol, University of Portsmouth - and also at the University of Birmingham, where he had previously received a Masters with distinction in History, Film and Television.