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    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am open to supervising PhD students with an interest in elites, media and communications, think tanks, corporate influence on public policy, Islamophobia and counter-terrorism, and neoliberalism and conservatism.

    20092020

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    Personal profile

    General

    I am a sociologist with an interest in media and communications, elite institutions and networks, and the use of digital methods. I am the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016), which examines the BBC’s relationship with the state and the ways in which the rise of neoliberalism impacted on its organisational structure and culture. I am the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State (Pluto Press, 2017), a book which offers a realist conception of Islamophobia as the product of concrete social, political and cultural action by the social movements and the state. Among other things, I am currently working on a British Academy funded project using data from Who's Who to map the structure of the UK 'Establishment'.

    Research Interests

    • Media and Communications
    • Think tanks and policy networks
    • Elite social movements 
    • Sociology of knowledge and expertise
    • Counter-terrorism and Islamophobia
    • Digital methods, social network analysis, investigative research.

    Teaching Activity

    • Social Problems and Public Policies A (LK1021)
    • Racisms (LK2030)
    • Business, Government and Society (BS2239)

    Contact Details

    Room: MB732(b)
    Phone: 0121 204 3332
    Email:  t.mills@aston.ac.uk

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Bath

    20082015

    External positions

    Senior Research Fellow

    31 Oct 2015 → …

    Vice Chair

    Keywords

    • HM Sociology
    • Elites
    • Media Communications
    • Corporate power
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Knowledge and Expertise
    • HT Communities. Classes. Races
    • Islamophobia

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    Research Output

    The last days of the BBC?

    Mills, T., 2020, It's the Media Stupid!: The Media, the 2019 Election and the Aftermath. Williams, G. (ed.). p. 89-101 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Is the Labour Party against empirical sociology? Some notes on power, elites and anti-racism

    Mills, T. & Miller, D., Dec 2019, Antisemitism and the Labour Party. Stern-Weiner, J. (ed.). London, p. 173-176

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Secrecy, coercion and deception in research on ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’

    Massoumi, N., Mills, T. & Miller, D., 19 May 2019, In : Contemporary Social Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • The ethics of researching ‘terrorism’ and political violence: a sociological approach

    Mills, T., Massoumi, N. & Miller, D., 16 Sep 2019, In : Contemporary Social Science. 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • The Legacy of Edward Herman

    Mills, T., 17 Dec 2018, In : Media Theory. 2, 2, p. 110-116

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File