Matthew Alford

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Research interests

Dr. Matthew Alford MPhil FHEA teaches media & film, International Relations, and British & American politics. 

His PhD thesis applied Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to contemporary Hollywood and his subsequent research similarly concerns the representation of Western exceptionalism.

Dr. Alford's documentary feature film and novel, The Writer with No Hands, critically engages conspiracy theory discourse while examining CIA and military public relations activity in the US entertainment industry.  The documentary premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and received 3 wins and ten further nominations at festivals worldwide.  He is currently collaborating with theatrical directors at Bath Spa University and the University of Lincoln to present related material on stage. 

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. 

Dr. Alford also provides frequent classes and guest talks elsewhere, notably at the University of Bristol, University of Portsmouth - and also at the University of Birmingham, where he had previously received a Masters with distinction in History, Film and Television.  

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Hollywood Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Propaganda Arts & Humanities
Government Arts & Humanities
Drama Arts & Humanities
Cinema Arts & Humanities
Remembering Arts & Humanities
Accidents Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2018

As Childish Gambino shows, pop music can be powerfully political – despite censorship

Alford, M., 18 May 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

A Screen Entertainment Propaganda Model

Alford, M., 25 Oct 2018, The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness. Pedro-Caranana, J., Broudy, D. & Klaehn, J. (eds.). London: University of Westminster Press, p. 145-158 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)
entertainment industry
freedom of information