Colin Alexander

Colin Alexander

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media

Role

Dr. Colin Alexander is Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Political Communications within the Communication and Society subject team at the School of Arts and Humanities.

PhD applications are welcome on any of the following topics:

  • Diplomacy
  • Public diplomacy
  • Taiwan politics and international relations
  • Taiwan – China relations
  • China’s international relations
  • North Korea, its politics and media coverage
  • Foreign aid and development assistance
  • Central American politics and China relations in particular
  • Colonial India
  • The Indian Civil Service
  • The Bengal Famine of 1943
  • Early Radio broadcasting in colonial India
  • World War II in India

Career overview

Prior to working at NTU Dr. Alexander has worked at several universities in the UK including University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University), and Sheffield Hallam University. Dr. Alexander has also been a Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Research Fellow based at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Prior to a career in academia, Dr. Alexander had a range of roles in corporate industry with Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro Inc. and Yorkshire Building Society.

Research areas

All aspects of political communications are of interest. However, key research interests are propaganda studies, diplomacy, media history, public diplomacy and soft power, foreign aid and development assistance, and Asian political history with a focus on India, China, Taiwan and North Korea.

Dr. Alexander is currently editing a book called ‘The Frontiers of Public Diplomacy’. His contribution will include the introductory chapter and chapters on public diplomacy in colonial India and modern North Korea.

Publications

Books

Alexander, C., (2017 forthcoming), World War II and the Raj: Broadcasting, Famine and the Indian Civil Service. New Delhi: Oxford University Press

Alexander, C., (2014), China and Taiwan in Central America: Engaging Foreign Publics in Diplomacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

Alexander, C., (2016), ‘Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy’. Chap 34 in, G. Schubert (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan. London: Routledge.

Refereed Journal Articles

Alexander, C., (2015), “’The Martyr’s Return’: A Poem Reflecting Relations within the All India Radio during the 1930s”, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 35(3)

Alexander, C., (2015), “The Communication of International Development Assistance: The Case of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF)”, Journal of Global Governance, 21(1).

Alexander, C., (2014), “The Public Diplomacy of sub-State Actors: The Case of the Scottish Government with Malawi”, Palgrave Journal of Public Diplomacy and Place Branding, 10(1).

Alexander C., (2011), “Public Diplomacy and the Diplomatic Truce: the PRC and Taiwan in El Salvador”, Palgrave Journal of Public Diplomacy and Place Branding, 7(1).

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Press expertise

Dr. Alexander is available for media work on any / all of the following:

  • North Korea
  • Diplomacy and public diplomacy
  • Taiwan politics and international relations
  • Taiwan – China relations
  • China’s international relations
  • Foreign aid and development assistance
  • Central American politics and China relations in particular
  • Colonial India
  • The Indian Civil Service
  • The Bengal Famine
  • Early Radio broadcasting in colonial India
  • World War II in India