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 2.28a
Email: m.alford@bath.ac.uk

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

Profile

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 will be distributed in due course.

Research interests

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

Publications

Book/s

Alford, M., 2016. The Writer with No Hands. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Alford, M., 2010. Reel Power:Hollywod Cinema and American Supremacy. Pluto Press.

Book Sections

Alford, M., 2015. How useful is a propaganda model for screen entertainment. In: Edgely, A., ed. Noam Chomsky. Palgrave Macmillan. (Critical explorations in contemporary political thought)

Fisher, R. and Alford, M., 2013. Screening our screens:Propaganda and the enterainment industry. In: Fisher, R., ed. Managing Democracy Managing Dissent. London: Corporate Watch, pp. 85-95.

Alford, M., 2011. Why not a propaganda model for Hollywood? In: Hammond, P., ed. Screens of Terror. Arima.

Articles

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 Secker, T., 2015. The role of the CIA and DOD in Hollywood. Critical Sociology

Alford, M., 2014. A review of Martin Barker’s, A Toxic Genre: the Iraq War Films (London: Pluto Press, 2011). SYNÆSTHESIA: Communication Across Cultures

Jenkins, T. and Alford, M., 2012. Intelligence activity in Hollywood:Remembering the 'agency' in CIA. Scope, 23.

Graham, R. and Alford, M., 2011. A history of government management of UFO perceptions through film and television. 49th Parallel, 25.

Alford, M., 2011. Book review: Jeffery Klaehn (ed.), The Political Economy of Media and Power. New York: Peter Lang, 2010, ISBN: 9781433107733 (pbk). Global Media and Communication, 7 (2).

Alford, M., 2009. A propaganda model for Hollywood. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 6 (2), pp. 144-156.

Alford, M. and Lucas, W. S., 2004. Celebrating dissent:Scholarship and politics in the new American century. 49th Parallel, 13.

Non-academic press

Alford, M., 2015. Iron Man and Transformers censored by US military for getting too close to the truth. The Mirror

Alford, M., 2013. The Revolution Will Not be Cinematized. E-International Relations

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

Alford, M., 2012. Book Review: Ben Shapiro, Primetime Propaganda: The True Story of How the Hollywood Left Took Over Your TV. Fifth Estate Online

Edwards, D. and Alford, M., 2010. HOLLYWOOD - WEAPONISED DREAM FACTORY:Where They Have Holes In Their Souls. Media Lens

Alford, M., 2010. Hollywood Propaganda. New Left Project

Graham, R. and Alford, M., 2009. District 9 is lucky to have avoided a close encounter with the Pentagon. The Guardian

Graham, R. and Alford, M., 2009. The power behind the screen:The output of Hollywood is intrinsically pro-establishment, and to understand why you have to follow. New Statesman

Alford, M. and Graham, R., 2008. An offer they couldn't refuse. The Guardian

Other

Alford, M., 2015. How Do We Know Whether Someone Has Been Assassinated? International Policy Digest.

Alford, M., 2014. The Writer with No Hands. Bus Fare Films.

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