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.

His research interests cover 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
  • Charity, altruism and compassion within society
  • Moral philosophy
  • Central American politics and China relations in particular
  • Colonial India and the Indian Civil Service
  • World War II in India

PhD applications are welcome in any of the above.

Career overview

Prior to working at NTU Dr. Alexander worked at University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University), and Sheffield Hallam University. Dr. Alexander was 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 worked in corporate industry and held several roles 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, development assistance and the role of philanthropy in society, Asian international relations and political history with a focus on India, China, Taiwan and North Korea.

Dr. Alexander recently published his second monograph book 'Administering War and Famine' (OUP, 2019), which looks at the Indian Civil Service during World War II and approaching the end of British rule in India. He is currently editing a book called ‘The Frontiers of Public Diplomacy’ and will contribute the introductory chapter and chapters on public diplomacy in colonial India and in modern North Korea.

Publications

Books

Alexander, C., (2019), Administering Colonialism and War: The Political Life of Sir Andrew Clow of the Indian Civil Service. Oxford and 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., (2018), ‘The Soft Power of Development: Aid and Assistance as Public Diplomacy Activities’. In, J. Servaes (ed.), The Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change. New York: Springer

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
  • Charity, philanthropy and altruism within society
  • 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

Course(s) I teach on

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    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2019

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/arts-humanities/pg/2019-20/media-and-globalisation