Teaching Fellow: Film, Media & American Studies, University of Bath

Dr. Matthew Alford MPhil FHEA is a Teaching Fellow in Politics, particularly focused on media theory.

His PhD thesis applied Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to the contemporary Hollywood film industry and his subsequent research similarly concerns the representation of American exceptionalism in screen entertainment.

Dr. Alford's documentary feature and novel, The Writer with No Hands, deconstructs the discourse of conspiracy theory in examining CIA and US military public relations activity in cinema. The documentary was premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and won runner-up at the Ammar Popular Film Festival, Tehran. A commercial edition began selling to a set of national television platforms in 2017 and went on to receive further acclaim at festivals worldwide.

He is due to undertake a field trip to an archive of censored scripts in Washington, DC, which will inform a second edition of his 2017 book National Security Cinema and a new preface to the foreign language translations of his debut book Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy.

Dr. Alford continues to provide frequent specialist guest lecturing at the University of Birmingham - as well as at the University of Bristol and Advanced Studies England - following his attaining a Masters with distinction in its department of American Studies. He also has taught units in related fields, including Terrorism, International Relations, and British Politics.


  • –present
    Teaching Fellow, Propaganda theory, University of Bath


  • 2008 
    University of Bath, PhD/ Propaganda theory