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

Dr. Matthew Alford MPhil FHEA is a Teaching Fellow in Politics, specialising in media theory.

His PhD thesis applied Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to contemporary Hollywood and his subsequent research similarly focuses on the representation of exceptionalism in the West.

Dr. Alford's documentary feature film and novel, The Writer with No Hands, deconstructs conspiracy theory discourse while examining CIA and US military public relations activity in the entertainment industry. The documentary premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and received 3 wins and eight further nominations at festivals worldwide. A TV edit of the movie began selling to national platforms in 2018.

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.

In recently years, Dr. Alford has provided specialist guest lectures at the the University of Bristol, University of Portsmouth - and also at the University of Birmingham, where he had previously received a Masters with distinction from its department of American Studies. He is currently working with theatrical directors at Bath Spa University and the University of Lincoln so he can present his research on stage.

Experience

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

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Bath, PhD/ Propaganda theory