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 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

Publications

Book/s

Alford, M. and Secker, T., 2017. National Security Cinema:The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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

Secker, T. and Alford, M., 2017. Why are the Pentagon and the CIA in Hollywood? American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 76 (2), pp. 381-404.

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

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

Non-academic press

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

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

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

Other

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

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