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About Jane Chapman

Prof. Jane Chapman welcomes new PhD students in professional practice and all aspects of comparative media history and the cultural/social history of communications from the 19th century through to the world wars - especially WW1, journalism history and imperial/Commonwealth culture in English and French. She is a grant research team leader and a comparative media historian, focusing on aspects of print culture such as newspaper, periodical and comics/cartoon records that relate to under-privileged voices from the 19th century and the world wars, including women and social movements. She is also published within the field of literary journalism, and is the author in total of ten books (including 3 monographs) and over 30 academic articles and book chapters. Jane and her team have recently completed a four year AHRC collaborative research grant entitled ‘Comics and the World Wars – a cultural record’. During this time, Jane was also an AHRC funded specialist consultant to the BBC on their First World War centenary programming ‘World War One at Home’ and programming for VE Day (Second World War). She is currently CI for AHRC/HLF ‘Everyday Lives at War’ on World War One, in partnership with the universities of Hertfordshire, Essex, Exeter and others. This project runs through to 1919. She is a Research Associate and Former Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. Previously 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. Jane has given keynotes at Cambridge, Sheffield University (2), Sheffield Hallam University, University College Dublin, and the Open University, Comics Forum and Uppsala University, Sweden. Jane has a track record of media appearances and public engagement as a ‘public intellectual’ and media consultant, with six recent public talks on You Tube (incl.TEDx), on BBC Radio 4 on line, and overseas mainstream channels. She has curated two exhibitions in Australia (2011, 2015) and 2 further exhibitions at The Cartoon Museum, London (2014, 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. Recent Honours, Awards and Visiting Fellowships 2010 to present: member of both AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges (UK). 2013-present: Specialist Consultant, BBC ‘World War One at Home’, TV, radio and other media. 2013-2019 Research Associate, Wolfson College, Cambridge 2012-2015: Adjunct Professor/Visiting Professor, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Australia 2008-2013: Visiting Fellow Wolfson College & Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge 2013: election as a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) 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. 2012-13: appointment to editorial boards of: ‘Journal of South Asian Studies’, ‘International Journal of Communication’ (India); ‘Fusion’ (Australia); ‘Journalism Practice’ (UK). 2010-2011: Visiting Professor, Dept of Modern History, Macquarie University, Australia. 2010 to present: Honorary Associate, Centre for Media History, Macquarie University Australia. 2009-2011: Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of the Media, University College Dublin

Department Responsibilities

Jane is responsible for research leadership and mentoring, grant management and new grant development. She is module leader for literary journalism on the masters in journalism, and supervises postgraduate final projects as well as undergraduate dissertations. Jane also advises on PhD applications, new masters’ programme validations and course design, and on international academic research connections, In the past she has supervised students researching: BBC local radio history, 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 students writing theses on: Swedish literary journalism and labour history, comics and the World Wars - heroes and villains, comics and the World Wars - gender, ethnicity and historiography, journalism testimony in the Falklands War.

Subject Specialism

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


  • 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


  • 2011/15 ‘Comics and the World Wars - a Cultural Record - AHRC
  • 2015/16 ‘Everyday Lives in War’ - AHRC/HLF
  • 2013/2015, ‘World War One at Home’ - AHRC/BBC
  • 2009/11 Women, Press and Protest in British and French India - ESRC
  • 2007/9 ‘Feminising Influences on Mass Circulation’ - British Academy
  • 2006/7 Funding for conference attendance in USA – c. £1100 - British Academy

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Research Interests

  • comparative media history and the cultural/social history of communications iduring the 19th and early 20th centuries

Research Groups Memberships

  • Comics, Cartoons and Visual Arts

Research Projects

  • . ‘Everyday Lives at War’ - Centenary Centre (Consortium with Uni Herts as PI, UL as CI) — AHRC in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Group for War and Culture Studies
  • The Australian Media History List
  • MeCCsa
  • The Media History Network (USA)
  • Popcaanz Australasian popular culture association
  • AJE Association of Journalism Educators (UK)