Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Matthew Alford

Teaching Fellow in Politics with research focus on the relationship between screen entertainment and political power in Western democracies

Matthew Alford

Part Time Teaching FellowBA, MPhil(B), PhD, FHEA

1 West North 2.25

Latest publications

Alford, M., 2016. The Political Impact of the Department of Defense on Hollywood Cinema. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 33 (4), pp. 332-347.

Alford, M. and Broudy, D., 2013. The Tyranny of Official Editors: An Interview with Matthew Alford. SYNÆSTHESIA: Communication Across Cultures


Dr Matthew Alford is a Teaching Fellow who completed his PhD in the Department in 2008. The thesis applied Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to the contemporary Hollywood film industry.

Prior to arriving at the University of Bath, Matthew attained a Masters with distinction at the University of Birmingham. He continues to undertake teaching and guest lecturing at Birmingham - as well as at the University of Bristol.

Dr Alford's documentary film of his research, The Writer with No Hands was premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and won runner-up at the Ammar Popular Film Festival, Tehran. A commercial edition of the film became available in 2017 on iTunes and at selected venues worldwide.

Research interests

  • Noam Chomsky's political thought
  • Film, Media & American Studies
  • Meta-analysis of conspiracy theory


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