Dr Emma Louise Briant – Lecturer in Journalism Studies, at University of Sheffield

I am a sociologist/political scientist with my main research interests in US and British foreign policy, propaganda and the role of the media in contemporary conflicts.

I recently authored my second book ‘Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change‘ published by Manchester University Press (Review from Dr Vian Bakir, Bangor) and am producing other articles and blogs on this subject, which can be viewed on this website using the links above.


My other recent published research also includes analyses of media coverage of disability and asylum in the UK with the Glasgow Media Group where I worked and studied for my PhD in Sociology prior my appointment to Sheffield University in 2013. During this time I also coauthored ‘Bad News for Refugees‘ with Greg Philo and Pauline Donald.

About my books:




Endorsement from cover from Professor Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

“Emma Briant’s Propaganda and counter-terrorism is a superb analysis of the propaganda provided by the governments of the United States and United Kingdom in present times. It is thoroughly researched and contextualized, and offers fresh insights into the great risks these practices hold for democracy. This sophisticated book should be mandatory reading for anyone with an interest in the subject.”

Emma Louise Briant (2015) ‘Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change’, Manchester: Manchester University Press. ORDER NOW

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Endorsement from the back of the book by Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London:

“This is an enormously important book that documents with meticulous scholarship the way in which immigrants have been stigmatised by the British media. It offers a compelling analysis of what is omitted from media accounts, which voices are left unheard, how simplifications and stereotypes are generated, and the consequences of this prejudiced reporting for immigrant communities who feel themselves to be under constant attack.”

Greg Philo, Emma Briant & Pauline Donald (2013) ‘Bad News for Refugees‘ London: Pluto Press. ORDER NOW

About my teaching:

I have extensive experience teaching across a range of areas including Media and Political Communication, Sociology, Politics, Research Methods and even English as a Foreign Language, designing innovative teaching including role plays for the students.

My teaching at University of Sheffield Department of Journalism Studies includes the undergraduate first year module Introducing Global Journalism Studies and my MA module ‘Propaganda, Media and Conflict in a Changing World’. I also supervise PhD, MA and BA dissertations.





My Masters and PhD were funded by a studentship from the ESRC

I am a CI on an ESRC Seminar Series Grant DATA-PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements: Privacy, Security, Sur/Sous/Veillance & Trust.

I have gained university funding for 2 research assistants (2014-15) and a methods workshop ‘Hidden Power: Innovative Methods for Researching Power in a Post-Snowden Era’ (31st May 2016)



Talks and Invitations:

My first invited talk was in 2006 for NATO at their Centre for Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara. Since then I have had many invitations to speak – in February I had the honour of going to NYU as a Visiting Scholar. While there I conducted research, visited Prof. Terence Moran and Prof. Steven Lukes, and taught in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Department of Sociology, here I am with Prof. Lukes’ class!


In July and August I also was invited to George Washington University – a wonderful experience being a visiting scholar in the School of Media and Public Affairs, meeting all the staff and developing my new research.


Other Writing and Interests:

I also write creative work including amateur short fiction and film, some of which can be seen on this website alongside my academic work. I am a member of SUSAC, the Sheffield University Sub-Aqua Club and enjoying training to be a BSAC ‘Ocean Diver’!

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