Biography

Professor Alan Finlayson's research combines contributions to the development of democratic political and cultural theory with the theoretical and historical analysis and interpretation of the ideologies that shape British political culture, political economy and 'governmentality'. As part of this work he has developed particular expertise in the theoretical and practical study of political rhetoric, a field which - in the form of Rhetorical Political Analysis - he has done much to establish within British Political Studies. In this context he oversees the website British Political Speech.

Prof. Finlayson is currently working on two funded research projects. The Crisis of Rhetoric: Renewing Political Speech and Speechwriting is an AHRC funded research network bringing together a cross-disciplinary range of scholars with practitioners to reflect on the challenges and prospects of public political argument in the present. 

Political Ideology, Rhetoric and Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of the 'Alt-Right' is a three-year research project examining how new technologies are transfoming the ways in which political ideas are formed and circulated and how this affects our relationship with our political beliefs and with their argumentative expression. 

Alan is an Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory; Chair of the Editorial Board of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy; co-editor of the Palgrave book series Rhetoric, Politics and Society; co-founder and Treasurer of the Rhetoric and Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association and a member of the International Task Force of the Rhetoric Society of America. He has contributed political commentary and analysis for print, broadcast and online media including The Guardian, Open Democracy and The London Review of Books.  

Career

2012 - Present:       Professor of Political and Social Theory, UEA

2000 - 2011:           Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, Department of Politics and International   

                              Relations, Swansea University

1992 - 1999:           Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, School of Politics, The Queen’s University of Belfast

Honorary Appointments:

2003:                       Visiting Professor, Department of Speech Communication, University of Southern

                                Illinois, USA

2008:                       Visiting Lecturer, Centre for Theoretical Studies, Essex University

2008:                       Visiting and Guest lecturer , University of Jyväskylä, POLITU Doctoral Course:   

                                Rhetoric of Governments, Parliaments and Movements

2011:                       Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

 

 

 

 

 

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