Prof Jane Chapman

    Professor of Communications

    School of English & Journalism
    College of Arts

    About Jane Chapman

    Prof. Jane Chapman is a grant research team leader and a comparative media historian, specializing in gender, newspapers and comics/cartoon archive culture. She welcomes new PhD students in all aspects of comparative media history and the history of print publications and popular culture in English and other languages. She is the author of ten books and many articles and book chapters and her most recent monograph Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers – transnational historical perspectives, analyses cultural citizenship in India, Britain and France. She has published on late 19th century France, British and French colonial India, also comics from Britain and the Dominions during the period of the World Wars, and has authored a number of international best -selling text books on journalism history and broadcast journalism.
    Jane is currently running a three and a half year AHRC collaborative research grant entitled Comics and the World Wars – a cultural history and is an AHRC funded specialist consultant to the BBC on their First World War centenary programming. Her research has been commended by France’s Académie Française and her first book Comparative Media History was nominated for a best book award in the US. In 2012 she won a best research article award from Emerald Publishing, and has given keynotes at Cambridge, Sheffield, University College Dublin, and the Open University. She is a Research Associate and Former Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
    Jane has a track record of media appearances and public engagement as a ‘public intellectual’ and media consultant, with four recent public talks available on You Tube, on BBC Radio 4 on line, and overseas mainstream channels. She has curated an exhibition in Australia and is working on 3 further exhibitions, at The Cartoon Museum, London (2014,2015) and in Australia (2015).
    A former award winning film maker (New York International Film Festival winner 1989), with her own independent television production company for 14 years, she was UK commercial breakfast TV’s first on-screen reporter for the North of England, and has run a pan European educational satellite channel (Eurostep), with offices in Leiden (Holland), London, Brussels and Rome.

    Honours, Awards and Visiting Fellowships
    2013: Specialist Consultant, BBC ‘Our Place in the First World War’, TV, radio and other media.
    2013: Editorial Board, Journal of South East Asian Studies.
    2012: member of editorial boards of:  International Journal of Communication (India); Fusion (Australia); Journalism Education (UK).
    2012: Chosen via competitive selection to represent AHRC for collaborative programming with the BBC for the First World War Centenary.
    2012: Emerald Publishing Best Article of the Year Award, second place.
    2008-2013: Visiting Fellow Wolfson College & Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge
    2012-2015: Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Australia
    2010-2011: Visiting Professor, dept of modern history, Macquarie University, Australia.
    2009-2011: Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of the Media, University College Dublin
    2010 to present: Honorary Associate, Centre for Media History, Macquarie University Australia.
    2010 to present: member of ESRC Peer Review College (UK).
    2009: keynote guest speaker, Centre for the History of the Media Distinguished Public Lecture 2009, School of History, University College, Dublin.
    2006: Comparative Media History: 1789 to the present (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2005) nominee for Best Book of the Year, AEJMC (American Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, journalism history division).
    2005: research and publications on French revolutionary press recognised by the Académie Française in correspondence from the then President, former Prime Minister Pierre Messmer.
    2003/4: Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Continuing Education, North Carolina State University
    1989: Best film finalist award, International Film & Television Festival of New York for ‘It’s Your Choice’ (careers film).

    Department Responsibilities

    Jane welcomes new applications from potential PhD students in all aspects of comparative media history and the history of print publications - UK, Commonwealth, and foreign language (especially Francophone and India) as well as the fields of 19th and 20th century literary journalism, radio history, gender and newspapers, comics and cartoon history. In the past she has supervised students researching: comparative French and English cartoons of the Boer War, documentary and historiography, human trafficking of women and Israel’s asylum seekers, documentary and queer theory. She is currently supervising: Swedish literary journalism and labour history, comics and the World Wars- gender and ethnicity, BBC local radio history, comics and the World Wars-heroes and villains.
    Jane is responsible for research leadership and mentoring, grant management and new grant development. She advises on new masters’ programme validations and course design, and on international academic research connections.

    Subject Specialism

    Journalism & comparative media history, political satire, cartoons and comics, cultural history, documentary, 19th and 20th century comparative research methodologies.


    • BA (Hons) 2.1 University College, University of London – History (medieval & modern)
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE in Teaching of History), University of Cambridge
    • PhD London School of Economics - Dept. of International Economic History
    • European Post-Graduate Certificate in Audiovisual Production, EEC Media Programme (EAVE)
    • Firm Start Diploma in Business Management, University of Bristol,
    • European Post-Graduate Certificate in Multimedia for Independent Television Producers


    • 2014 > ‘The National Centre for First World War Popular Cultural Expression’ — AHRC - IN PREPARATION / AWAITING DECISION, 2014
    • 2014 >  ‘Comic Strips from the World Wars’ — AHRC Follow-on funding - IN PREPARATION / AWAITING DECISION, 2014
    • 2013/14 Our Place in the First World War — AHRC / BBC Consultancy, 2013
    • 2011/15 ‘COMICS AND THE WORLD WARS-a Cultural Record’ — AHRC, 2011
    • 2009/11 WOMEN, PRESS and PROTEST in BRITISH and FRENCH INDIA — ESRC, 2009
    • 2007/9 ‘FEMINISING INFLUENCES ON MASS CIRCULATION’ — British Academy, 2007
    • 2006/7 Funding for conference attendance in USA – c. £1100 — British Academy, 2006

    Professional Affiliations

    • AJE Association of Journalism Educators (UK); PCA The Popular Culture Association (USA); Popcaanz Australasian popular culture association; The Media History Network (USA); MeCCsa

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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