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Professor James Curran

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PositionProfessor of Communications
Email j.curran (@gold.ac.uk)
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Professor James Curran

Professor James Curran has written or edited 22 books about the media, some in collaboration with others. These include Media and Democracy, Routledge, 2011, Power Without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton), 7th edition, Routledge, (2010), Media and Society, 5th edition, Bloomsbury, 2010 and Media and Power, Routledge, 2002 (translated into five languages). His latest book is Misunderstanding the Internet (with Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman), Routledge, 2012, arising from Leverhulme funded research.

His work falls mainly into two linked areas: media history and media political economy. In media history, he has sought increasingly to relate the development of the media to wider changes in society, while in media political economy he has turned to comparative media research, drawing on quantitative methods.  This has resulted in three comparative studies, two funded by the ESRC (for outputs see ‘publications’ above). More recently still, he has been evaluating the impact of the internet and new communications technology.

James Curran has given numerous public lectures and keynote addresses, most recently in Barcelona, Beijing, Brasilia, Cardiff, Derry, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Madrid, Philadelphia, Sydney, and Tokyo. In 2011, he was the first person to win the C. Edwin Baker Award for his lifetime contribution to scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy by the International Communication Association’s Philosophy, Policy and Law Divisions.  In 2013, he became the second British academic to become a Fellow of the International Communications Association in recognition of his lifetime research on the media.

Teaching

Professor James Curran teaches on Media, History and Politics and Political Economy of the Media.

James Curran is Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, supported by a £1.25 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, and Professor of Communications. While at Goldsmiths, he has held a number of visiting appointments including McClatchy Professor (Stanford), Annenberg Professor (UPenn), Bonnier Professor (Stockholm University) and NRC Professor (Oslo University).

Areas of supervision

In 2012 two of his research students; Justin Schlosberg and Mireya Marquez, obtained PhDs on respectively the sociology of British investigative journalism and Brazilian journalism and political change, preceded by Lina Dencik in 2011 whose PhD was on the media and global civil society. In 2007, his research student, Carolina Matos, gained her PhD on Brazilian media and politics.

Iin 2006, two of his research students gained doctorates: Bong-Soo Lee, with a dissertation on the Korean press and the late 1990s economic crisis in Korea, and Maurice Walsh on foreign correspondents and the Irish War of Independence. In 2004, three of James Curran's research students gained PhDs, with dissertations on respectively cross-media promotion (Jonathan Hardy), Maltese media and society (Carmen Sammut) and the Hong Kong press and political change (Carol Lai). They were preceded by numerous others.

These dissertations have been published as books: Carol Lai, Media in Hong Kong, Routledge, 2007; Carmen Sammut, Media and Maltese Society, Lexington, 2007; Carolina Matos, Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil, Lexington, 2008 (and in Portuguese, 2009); Maurice Walsh, The News from Ireland, I. B. Tauris, 2008; Jonathan Hardy, Cross-Media Promotion, Peter Lang, 2010; Lina Dencik, Media and Global Civil Society, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; Justin Scholosberg, Power Beyond Scrutiny, Pluto, 2013.

Publications

Book

Hatalom Felelosseg Nelkul (Power Without Responsibility, 7th edition, in Hungarian)
Curran, James P. and Seaton, Jean. 2015. Hatalom Felelosseg Nelkul (Power Without Responsibility, 7th edition, in Hungarian). Budapest: Volters Kluwer.

Media wa Minjujueui (Media and Democracy in Korean)
Curran, James P.. 2014. Media wa Minjujueui (Media and Democracy in Korean). Seoul: Hanul.

Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet)
Curran, James P.; Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Fenton, Natalie. 2014. Hulianwang de Wudu (Misunderstanding the Internet). Beijing: People's University of China Press.

Misunderstanding the Internet
Curran, James P.; Fenton, Natalie and Freedman, Des (D. J.) . 2012. Misunderstanding the Internet. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-57958-2:

Media and Democracy
Curran, James P.. 2011. Media and Democracy. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-31707-8

Power Without Responsibility
Curran, James P. and Seaton, Jean. 2009. Power Without Responsibility. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415466998

Media to Kenryoku [Media and Power, in Japanese]
Curran, James P.. 2007. Media to Kenryoku [Media and Power, in Japanese]. Tokyo: Ronshosha.

Media and Cultural Theory
Morley, David G. and Curran, James P.. 2006. Media and Cultural Theory. Routledge. ISBN 9780415317054

Meiti yu Quanli [Media and Power, in Chinese]
Curran, James P.. 2006. Meiti yu Quanli [Media and Power, in Chinese]. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

Midia wa Gwon-Ryuk [Media and Power, in Korean)
Curran, James P.. 2005. Midia wa Gwon-Ryuk [Media and Power, in Korean). Seoul: Communicationbooks.

Mesa Epikenonias k Exousia [Media and Power, in Greek]
Curran, James P.. 2005. Mesa Epikenonias k Exousia [Media and Power, in Greek]. Athens: Kastaniotis.

Medios de Communicacion y Poder [Media and Power, in Spanish]
Curran, James P.. 2005. Medios de Communicacion y Poder [Media and Power, in Spanish]. Barcelona: Hacer.

Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left
Curran, James P.; Gaber, Ivor and Petley, J.. 2005. Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0748619178

Ying Guo Xin Wen Shi [Power Without Responsibility, 6th edition, in Chinese]
Curran, James P. and Seaton, Jean. 2005. Ying Guo Xin Wen Shi [Power Without Responsibility, 6th edition, in Chinese]. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.

Mass Media and Society 4th edition
Curran, James P. and Gurevitch, Michael. 2005. Mass Media and Society 4th edition. London: Arnold. ISBN 978-0340884997

Media and Power
Curran, James P.. 2002. Media and Power. Routledge. ISBN 9780415077408

Edited Book

How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach
Curran, James P. and Aalberg, Toril, eds. 2013. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415740425

Mass Media and Society, Fifth Edition
Curran, James P., ed. 2010. Mass Media and Society, Fifth Edition. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-0340984451

Dazhong Mejia yu Shehui [Mass Media and Society, 3rd edition]
Curran, James P. and Gurevitch, Michael, eds. 2006. Dazhong Mejia yu Shehui [Mass Media and Society, 3rd edition]. Beijing: Huaxia Press.

Contesting Media Power
Couldry, Nick and Curran, James P., eds. 2003. Contesting Media Power. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7425-2384-5

Book Section

Jay Blumler: A Founding Father of British Media Studies
Curran, James P.. 2015. Jay Blumler: A Founding Father of British Media Studies. In: Stephen Coleman; Giles Moss and Katy Parry, eds. Can the Media Serve Democracy? Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 197-209. ISBN 978-1137467911

Mediageschiedenis en ideologie
Curran, James P.. 2015. Mediageschiedenis en ideologie. In: Jo Bardoel; Huub Wijfjes; Chris Vos and Frank van Vree, eds. Journalistieke Cultuur in Nederland. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 464-488. ISBN 978-9089645586

News Content, Media Consumption and Current Affairs Knowledge
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Aalberg, Toril and Ivengar, Shanto. 2013. News Content, Media Consumption and Current Affairs Knowledge. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 81-97. ISBN 978-0415740425

How Media Inform Democracy: Central Debates
Curran, James P. and Aalberg, Toril. 2013. How Media Inform Democracy: Central Debates. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 3-14. ISBN 978-0415740425

Does Knowledge of Hard News Go with Knowledge of Soft News? A Cross-National Analysis of the Structure of Public Affairs Knowledge
Curran, James P.; Hahn, Kyu S; Ivengar, Shanto and van Aelst, Peter. 2013. Does Knowledge of Hard News Go with Knowledge of Soft News? A Cross-National Analysis of the Structure of Public Affairs Knowledge. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 119-137. ISBN 978-0415740425

Conclusion
Curran, James P. and Aalberg, Toril. 2013. Conclusion. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 189-200. ISBN 978-0415740425

Reinterpreting the Internet
Curran, James P.. 2012. Reinterpreting the Internet. In: James P. Curran; Natalie Fenton and Des (D. J.) Freedman, eds. Misunderstanding the Internet. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 3-33. ISBN 978-0-415-57956-8

Sucesos, Noticias Internacionales y Hard News
Curran, James P.. 2012. Sucesos, Noticias Internacionales y Hard News. In: Maria Lamuedra Gravan, ed. El futuro de la Televisión Pública / The Future of Public Television: La Necesaria Alianza Con La Ciudadania / the Necessary Alliance With Citizenship (Spanish). Madrid: Poular Editorial, pp. 35-58. ISBN 978-8478845224

News Content, Media Consumption, and Current Affairs Knowledge
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Aalberg, Toril and Iyengar, Shanto. 2011. News Content, Media Consumption, and Current Affairs Knowledge. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 81-97. ISBN 978-0-415-88908-7

The Internet and the Transformation of Journalism
Curran, James P.. 2011. The Internet and the Transformation of Journalism. In: John Lloyd and Janice Winter, eds. Media, Politics and the Public. Stockholm: Axel & Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Entertaining Democracy
Curran, James P.. 2010. Entertaining Democracy. In: James P. Curran, ed. Mass Media and Society, Fifth Edition. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 38-62. ISBN 978-0340984451

Reinterpreting Internet History
Curran, James P.. 2010. Reinterpreting Internet History. In: Yvonne Jewkes and Majid Yar, eds. Handbook of Internet Crime. Willan, pp. 17-37. ISBN 978-1843925248

The Impact of Television on the Audience for National Newspapers, 1945-68
Curran, James P.. 2010. The Impact of Television on the Audience for National Newspapers, 1945-68. In: Alexis Weedon, ed. The History of the Book in the West: 1914 - 2000 vol. 5. Ashgate, pp. 107-142. ISBN 978-0754627838

La Reinvention de le Roue: Critique des “Cultural Studies”
Curran, James P.. 2009. La Reinvention de le Roue: Critique des “Cultural Studies”. In: D Wolton, ed. Les Sciences de L’Information et La Communication. CRNS Editions, pp. 93-114.

Narratives of Media History Revisited
Curran, James P.. 2009. Narratives of Media History Revisited. In: Michael Bailey, ed. Narrating Media History. Routledge, pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-0415419161

New Trends and Critical Theories in British Media Studies’ (in Japanese)
Curran, James P.. 2009. New Trends and Critical Theories in British Media Studies’ (in Japanese). In: T Tsuganesawa; E Takeichi and T Watanabe, eds. Media Kenkyuu to Jaanarizuma 21 Seiki no Kashuku. Tokyo: Minerva Press, pp. 52-99.

'Teoria midiatica e cultural na era do liberalismo de mercado' [Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism]
Curran, James P.. 2009. 'Teoria midiatica e cultural na era do liberalismo de mercado' [Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism]. In: Joao Fijho and Micael Herschmann, eds. Novos Rumos Da Cultura Da Midia. Rio de Janeiro: Mauad, pp. 15-45. ISBN 978-8574782379

Technology Foretold
Curran, James P. and Witschge, Tamara. 2009. Technology Foretold. In: Natalie Fenton, ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism And Democracy In The Digital Age. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 102-118. ISBN 978-1847875747

The New Revisionism in Mass Communication Research: A Reappraisal
Curran, James P.; UNSPECIFIED and UNSPECIFIED. 2009. The New Revisionism in Mass Communication Research: A Reappraisal. In: Anders Hansen; Simon Cottle; Ralph Negrine and Chris Newbold, eds. Mass Communication Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333617090

'Communication and History
Curran, James P.. 2008. 'Communication and History. In: Barbie Zelizer, ed. Explorations in Communication and History. Routledge, pp. 46-60. ISBN 978-0415777346

Capitalism and Control of the Press
Curran, James P.. 2008. Capitalism and Control of the Press. In: Yuezhi Zhao and Jin Cao, eds. The Political Economy of Communication. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, pp. 296-321.

'Rethinking Media and Democracy
Curran, James P.. 2008. 'Rethinking Media and Democracy. In: Yuezhi Zhao and Jin Cao, eds. The Political Economy of Communication. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, pp. 344-376.

'Mediations of Democracy' [in Norwegian]
Curran, James P.. 2008. 'Mediations of Democracy' [in Norwegian]. In: B Gentikon and E Skogseth, eds. Medier og Deokratiki. Oslo: Spartacus, pp. 68-97.

Media Diversity and Democracy
Curran, James P.. 2008. Media Diversity and Democracy. In: Tim Gardam and David Levy, eds. The Price of Plurality: Choice, Diversity and Broadcasting Institutions in the Digital Age. Oxford: Reuters, pp. 103-109. ISBN 978-0955888908

Media history: the neglected grandparent of media studies
Curran, James P.. 2006. Media history: the neglected grandparent of media studies. In: Kenneth Leung; James Kenny; Paul Lee and Ron Rice, eds. Global Trends in Communication Education and Research. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, pp. 17-35. ISBN 978-1572736375

Mediations of democracy
Curran, James P.. 2005. Mediations of democracy. In: James P. Curran and Michael Gurevitch, eds. Mass Media and Society, 4th edition. London: Arnold, pp. 122-149. ISBN 978-0340884997

What Democracy Requires of the Media
Curran, James P.. 2005. What Democracy Requires of the Media. In: G. Overholser and K. Jamieson, eds. The Institutions of American Democracy: The Press. Oxford University Press, pp. 120-140. ISBN 0195172833

Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism
Curran, James P.. 2005. Media and cultural theory in the age of market liberalism. In: James P. Curran and David G. Morley, eds. Media and Cultural Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 129-148. ISBN 978-0415317054

The paradox of media power
Curran, James P. and Couldry, Nick. 2003. The paradox of media power. In: James P. Curran and Nick Couldry, eds. Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World: Alternative Media in a Networked World. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 3-16. ISBN 978-0742523852

Global journalism: a case study of the internet
Curran, James P. and Couldry, Nick. 2003. Global journalism: a case study of the internet. In: James P. Curran and Nick Couldry, eds. Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in a Networked World: Alternative Media in a Networked World. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 227-242. ISBN 978-0742523852

The rise of the Westminster school
Curran, James P.. 2003. The rise of the Westminster school. In: Andrew Calabrese and Colin Sparks, eds. Toward a Political Economy of Culture: Capitalism and Communication in the Twenty-first Century. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 13-40. ISBN 978-0742526846

Article

Pride and Prejudice: A Five Nation Study of Television News Coverage of the Olympics
Curran, James P.; Hayashi, Kaori; Kwak, Sunyoung; Esser, Frank; Hallin, Daniel C and Lee, Chin-Chuan. 2015. Pride and Prejudice: A Five Nation Study of Television News Coverage of the Olympics. Journalism Studies, pp. 1-17. ISSN 1461-670X

Sources in the News: A Comparative Study
Tiffen, Rodney; Jones, Paul K.; Rowe, David; Aalberg, Toril; Coen, Sharon; Curran, James P.; Hayashi, Kaori; Iyengar, Shanto; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Rojas, Hernando and Soroka, Stuart. 2014. Sources in the News: A Comparative Study. Journalism Studies, 15(4), pp. 374-391. ISSN 1461-670X

Reconsidering ‘Virtuous Circle’ and ‘Media Malaise’ Theories of the Media: An 11-Nation Study
Coen, Sharon; Soroka, Stuart; Aalberg, Toril; Curran, James P.; Hayashi, Kaori; Hichy, Zira; Iyengar, Shanto; Jones, Paul; Tiffen, Rod; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Rowe, David; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Woong Rhee, June and Rojas, Hernando. 2014. Reconsidering ‘Virtuous Circle’ and ‘Media Malaise’ Theories of the Media: An 11-Nation Study. Journalism, 15(7), pp. 815-833. ISSN 1464-8849

Internet Revolution Revisited : A Comparative Study of Online News Journal
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Aalberg, Toril; Hayashi, Kaori; Jones, Paul K.; Splendore, Sergio; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Rowe, David and Tiffen, Rod. 2013. Internet Revolution Revisited : A Comparative Study of Online News Journal. Media Culture Society, 35(7), pp. 880-897. ISSN 0163-4437

Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasting and Public Affairs Knowledge
Curran, James P.; Soroka, Stuart; Andrew, Blake; Aalberg, Toril; Ivengar, Shanto; Coen, Sharon; Hayashi, Kaori; Jones, Paul K.; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Woong Rhee, June; Rowe, David and Tiffen, Rod. 2013. Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasting and Public Affairs Knowledge. British Journal of Political Science, 43(4), pp. 719-739. ISSN 0007-1234

Online Threat, But Television is Still Dominant A comparative study of 11 nations’ news consumption
Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Coen, Sharon; Curran, James P.; Aalberg, Toril; Rowe, David; Jones, Paul K.; Rojas, Hernando and Tiffen, Rod. 2013. Online Threat, But Television is Still Dominant A comparative study of 11 nations’ news consumption. Journalism Practice, 7(6), pp. 690-704. ISSN 1751-2786

International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Foreign News Coverage and Public Opinion in 11 Countries
Aalberg, Toril; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Coen, Sharon; Soroka, Stuart; Hayashi, Kaori; Ivengar, Shanto; Jones, Paul K.; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Rojas, Hernando; Rowe, David; Tiffen, Rod and Curran, James P.. 2013. International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Foreign News Coverage and Public Opinion in 11 Countries. Journalism Studies, 14(3), pp. 387-406. ISSN 1461-670X

Rehabilitating Britain’s news media
Freedman, Des (D. J.) ; Curran, James P. and Phillips, Angela. 2011. Rehabilitating Britain’s news media. Guardian, Comment is Free,

The Future of Journalism
Curran, James P.. 2010. The Future of Journalism. Journalism Studies, 11(4), pp. 464-476. ISSN 1461-670X

Democratic Value of Entertainment: A Reappraisal
Curran, James P.. 2010. Democratic Value of Entertainment: A Reappraisal. Media & Jornalismo, 9(2), pp. 69-87.

Media Systems and the Political Information Environment: A Cross-National Comparison
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Aalberg, Toril and Iyengar, Shanto. 2010. Media Systems and the Political Information Environment: A Cross-National Comparison. International Journal of Press/Politics, 15(3), pp. 255-271. ISSN 1940-1612

Crime, Foreigners and Hard News: A Cross-National Comparison of Reporting and Public Perception
Curran, James P.; Salovaara-Moring, Inka; Coen, Sharon and Ivengar, Shanto. 2010. Crime, Foreigners and Hard News: A Cross-National Comparison of Reporting and Public Perception. Journalism, 11(1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 1464-8849

Cross-National versus Individual Differences' in Political Information: A Media System Perspective
Curran, James P.; Ivengar, Shanto; Brink Lund, Anker; Salovaara-Moring, Inka; Hahn, Kyu S and Coen, Sharon. 2010. Cross-National versus Individual Differences' in Political Information: A Media System Perspective. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 20(3), pp. 291-309. ISSN 1745-7289

Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy: A Comparative Study
Curran, James P.; Ivengar, Shanto; Brink Lund, Anker and Salovaara-Moring, Inka. 2009. Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy: A Comparative Study. European Journal of Communication, 24(1), pp. 5-26. ISSN 0267-3231

Media, Entertainment and Democracy
Curran, James P.. 2007. Media, Entertainment and Democracy. Doshisha Journal of Media and Communication Research, 4, pp. 425-438.

Reinterpreting the democratic roles of the media
Curran, James P.. 2007. Reinterpreting the democratic roles of the media. Brazilian Journalism Research, 3(1), pp. 31-54. ISSN 1808-4079

Dimocratia kai mesa mazikis epikininias', [Democracy and the mass media]
Curran, James P.. 2005. Dimocratia kai mesa mazikis epikininias', [Democracy and the mass media]. Zitimata Epikinonias (Communication Issues), 2, pp. 19-38.

Media and the making of British society, c. 1700-2000
Curran, James P.. 2002. Media and the making of British society, c. 1700-2000. Media History, 8(2), pp. 135-154. ISSN 1368-8804

Conference or Workshop Item

Media System, Public Knowledge and Political Engagement: An 11-Nation Study
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Soroka, Stuart; Aalberg, Toril; Hayashi, Kaori; Hichy, Zira; Iyengar, Shanto; Jones, Paul; Krishnatray, Pradeep; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Maeda, Yukio; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Woong Rhee, June; Rojas, Hernando; Rowe, David and Tiffen, Rod. 2013. 'Media System, Public Knowledge and Political Engagement: An 11-Nation Study'. In: Media system, public knowledge and political engagement : an 11-nation study. London, United Kingdom.