Thursday, August 18, 2022

Our Team


Dr. Piers Robinson is a co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, convenor of the Working Group on Syria, Media and Propaganda, associated researcher with the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror’, member of Panda and BerlinGroup21. He researches and writes on propaganda, conflict and media and was Chair/Professor in Politics, Society ad Political Journalism, University of Sheffield, 2016-2019, Senior Lecturer in International Politics (University of Manchester 2010-2016) and Lecturer in Political Communication (University of Liverpool, 1999-2005).
With a doctorate in applied psycholinguistics and experience as an imagery analyst, Daniel Broudy lectures in areas ranging from communication theory to visual rhetoric and from composition to rhetorical grammar. His research focuses on sounds, symbols, signs, images, and colors as tools deployed by centers of power to shape knowledge and influence human perception and emotion. Selections of his scholarly work can be found at ResearchGate. Daniel is an Associate Researcher with the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror’.


Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he has taught courses on media (including cinema) and propaganda since 1997. (He has not been allowed to teach his propaganda course since 2020, when he came under fire for having urged the students in that course to read through all the scientific literature on masking.) He is the author of many books—including Boxed In: The Culture of TV, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform—and scores of essays and articles. He also was the editor of the Forbidden Bookshelf, a series of important works that had slipped out of print, and now are available again as e-books. Since the COVID crisis started, he has given dozens of interviews, on podcasts all around the world. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Ingram Merrill Foundation, Miller maintains a daily list-serve, and a Substack column, both called News from Underground. One may join the former at, and/or subscribe to the latter at
Tim Hayward is a social and political philosopher whose books include Ecological Thought: an introduction (Polity, 1995), Constitutional Environmental Rights (OUP 2005) and Global Justice & Finance (OUP 2019). His current work examines the influence of strategic communications on the development of norms of international justice. As a founding member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media, his studies of propaganda in action have led to academic publications on ‘conspiracy theory’, ‘disinformation’, and academic duties of due epistemic diligence. Tim maintains a personal blog and Twitter account. He is Professor of Environmental Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh.
Oliver Boyd-Barrett is Professor Emeritus (Journalism and Public Relations) from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and (Communication) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His first book, The International News Agencies, was published by Constable/Sage in 1980, and its French sister, Le Traffic des Nouvelles (with Michael Palmer) by Alain Moreau, in 1981. Since 2000 he has focused on issues of war and propaganda. Recent titles include Hollywood and the CIA (Routledge), Media Imperialism (Sage), Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis (Routledge), Russiagate and Propaganda (Routledge), Media Imperialism: Continuity and Change (Rowman and Littlefield)(with Tanner Mirrlees), Conflict Propaganda in Syria (Routledge). Two current projects deal with Russiagate: Aftermath of a Hoax (Palgrave), and Afghanistan: Aftermath of Imperial Occupation (provisional).
Dr. Greg Simons is an Associate Professor based at Uppsala University in Sweden. His research is focused upon a number of interrelated areas, namely the communicated interpretation and representation of people, places, events and processes in international relations. This includes the use of the disciplinary lenses as political marketing, crisis communications, propaganda, PR, information warfare, political warfare and geopolitics to uncover the 21st century transformations in global politics and geopolitics. A number of his publications can be found here - (8) Greg Simons | Uppsala University -
Richard G. Ellefritz is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of The Bahamas. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Oklahoma State University after successfully defending his dissertation on how the conspiracy label is used to avoid offering direct and rigorous rebuttals to empirical claims made by so-called conspiracy theorists. His research interests range from conspiracy discourse to pedagogical techniques, and his main occupational focus is on teaching a variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences.
Working in the areas of political psychology, the psychology of atrocity, and psychological operations, Valerie Kyrie holds a doctorate in psychology on the topic of reality-perception and its manipulation. She has contributed to work in the areas of international human rights, media, advocacy and policy, focusing on the deceptions, tactics and machinations underpinning collective violence and atrocity. Her most recent work analyses bio-tech intrusions on human biology. Valerie is an Associate Researcher with the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global ‘War on Terror’.
Elizabeth Woodworth is highly engaged in climate change science and activism. She has published 42 articles on Global Research, is co-author of "Unprecedented Climate Mobilization", "Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival," and co-producer of the COP21 video “A Climate Revolution For All.” She is author of the popular handbook on nuclear weapons activism, “What Can I Do?” and the novel, "The November Deep". For 25 years, she served as head medical librarian for the BC Government. She holds a BA from Queen's and a Library Sciences Degree from UBC.
David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University (1973-2004); Co-Director, Center for Process Studies. He edited the SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought (1987-2004), which published 31 volumes. He has written 30 books, edited 13 books, and authored 250 articles and chapters. His most recent books are The American Trajectory: Divine or Demonic; Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World; and Unprecedented: Can Humanity Survive the CO2 Crisis?
Claudia Chaufan, MD (University of Buenos Aires), PhD Sociology/Philosophy (University of California Santa Cruz), is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Global Health at York University in Canada, past US Fulbright Scholar in Public/Global Health, past Graduate Program Director in Health, and current Special Advisor to the Dean of the York Faculty of Health in Curriculum Internationalization. Retired for medical practice in her native Argentina, Dr. Chaufan works in the tradition of critical social, health, and policy studies. Her research includes comparative health policy, the geopolitical economy of global health, and medicalization and social control. Current projects include the politics of sanctions policy, medicalization and social control in the Covid-19 crisis, and active learning and critical pedagogy in higher education.
Kees VAN DER PIJL was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam and from 2000, professor at the University of Sussex, UK until 2012. His books have appeared in Dutch, English, Spanish, German, Turkish and Russian, and include The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class (1984, new edition 2012), and Global Rivalries from the Cold War to Iraq (2006). The Discipline of Western Supremacy (2014) and Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War (2018) States of Emergency. Keeping the Global Population in Check (2022). He has edited several collections, most recently the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production (2015).
Dr Adam Broinowski, researcher, lecturer, writer. Adam is currently based at the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University. He researches Political Aesthetics, Cultural Politics and Modern and Contemporary History and Politics with a focus on East Asia and the Asia-Pacific. He successfully completed a three year research project on the social and cultural responses to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in the post-1945 nuclear age. His work is published in a research monograph - Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) - many peer-reviewed and popular journal articles and media articles. He also has extensive theatre-making experience.
Former Mandarin Chinese linguist and analyst at GCHQ.
Fredrick Ogenga is Associate Professor of Media and Security Studies at Rongo University and Founding Director of the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security. He is also President and CEO of the Peacemakers Corps Foundation, Kenya. Ogenga is a 2014 Africa Peacebuilding Network Grantee and 2016 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar, Washington DC. He is a former Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center at Boston University and at the Institute of Policy Research at University of Bath. Ogenga was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Witwatersrand and has widely published in the areas of media, peace and security. Currently, he champions African Peace Journalism through Pan-African institutional  approaches to media and peacebuilding in Africa grounded in the philosophies of Utu (humanity), Umoja (Unity), and Harambee (collective responsibility) all of which are in his latest edited book Peace Journalism in East Africa: A Manual for Media Practitioners (Routledge 2019). Ogenga has developed a new MSc and PhD program in Media and Security Studies at Rongo University through the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security.
Joan Pedro-Carañana is in the Department of Journalism and New Media of the Complutense University of Madrid. He has a European doctorate in Communication, Social Change and Development. His interest lies in the role of communication, education and culture both in the production of hegemony and in emancipatory social change. He is co-editor of El Modelo de Propaganda y el Control de los Medios, The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness, and Talking Back to Globalization: Texts and Practices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin Union of Political Economy of Communication, Information and Culture (
Graeme MacQueen received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. He subsequently became founding Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University in Canada, and he oversaw peace-building projects in four war zones. Since 2005 he has concentrated on the study of two related 2001 deep state events: the 9/11 airplane attacks and the subsequent anthrax scare. He has served on the 9/11 Consensus Panel, has been a co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and was an organizer of the 2011 Toronto Hearings on 9/11. Many of his publications on deep state events can be found on the Internet.
Ray McGinnis is author of Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored (2021). Previously, he authored Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry (2005). Since 1999, Ray has taught journal writing workshops for people dealing with grief and loss, to first responders and in health care facilities. He has also taught poetry writing and memoir workshops across North America. Ray is interested in the stories we tell, the narratives we trust, and how this shapes our world. This includes not just personal stories, but news headline like the Narrative about September 11, and other headlines that saturate citizens with slanted media messages. Earlier in his career, Ray was a program staff in education for the United Church of Canada, serving in several congregations, as well as at the denominations national office (1986-95). He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Christopher A. Shaw is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) using several models of the disease to explore possible environmental and genetic triggers of the disease. A second theme, related to the first, is to examine the role of aluminum in various neurological diseases, from Autism Spectrum Disorder to neurological diseases of older age. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Irvine and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and edited books, and has authored two books on neurological diseases and a recent book about vaccine issues, including those related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Matthew Witt, Ph.D., Professor of public administration at the University of La Verne, teaches courses in urban theory, public health and administrative ethics. In addition to work examining racism and public institutions published in leading journals, he is co-editor of State Crimes Against Democracy: Political Forensics in Public Affairs (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2013). His piece, “Greta and the Great Reset: Making Emergencies Work” (May 2022), appears in the American Journal of Economics & Sociology. He will co-edit the forthcoming symposium, The New Leviathan: How Supra-National Institutions Usurp Democracy and the Rule of Law.
Colin Alexander, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Political Communications at Nottingham Trent University. He has spent much of his academic career writing about propaganda and political communications more broadly in various historical and contemporary circumstances. Beyond this, he is interested in communication ethics, critical philanthropy studies, colonialism and the British colonial experience. He is the author of China and Taiwan in Central America: Engaging Foreign Publics in Diplomacy (2014) and Administering Colonialism and War (2019). He is also the editor of The Frontiers of Public Diplomacy: Hegemony, Morality and Power in the International Sphere (2021). During the pandemic he became one of the most prominent in-post British academics to critically discuss the role of propaganda in manufacturing public compliance. His Coronavirus Propaganda blog series is available here:
Daniel Espinosa is a Peruvian writer and journalist. He is a columnist for Hildebrandt en sus trece, an independent Peruvian news weekly, and is the author of Propaganda Pura y Dura, his first book (in Spanish).
Stephan Sander-Faes is Associate Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Bergen, Norway. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Graz, Austria, in 2011 and obtained the Habilitation in Early Modern and Modern History from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2018. Before moving to Scandinavia in 2020, he taught for ten years at the history departments at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg, as well as held the István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University in 2018. His research focuses on Central and Eastern Europe, in particular on how state and non-state actors shaped shaped the transformation of states and (vs.) societies.
With doctorates in German Studies and International Relations, David A. Hughes lectures in areas including security studies, international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, globalization, and US exceptionalism. His research focuses on psychological warfare, "9/11," "COVID-19," the deep state, intelligence crime, technocracy, resurgent totalitarianism, and the class relations behind psychological operations. Selections of his work can be found on David is an Associate Researcher with the Working Group on Propaganda and the 9/11 Global "War on Terror."
Jared A. Ball is a Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and author of The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power (Palgrave, 2020). Ball is also host of the podcast “iMiXWHATiLiKE!”, co-founder of Black Power Media which can be found at, and his decades of journalism, media, writing, and political work can be found at