Professor Phil Taylor BA PhD – Behavioural Dynamics Institute Advisory Board
Philip M. Taylor, B.A., Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S.
Professor of International Communications in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.
Professor Phil Taylor graduated with a first class honours degree in History from the University of Leeds in 1975 and secured his doctorate, also from Leeds, three years later, shortly after his 24th birthday. His PhD was an examination of the Foreign Office News Department between 1914 and 1939, externally examined by the late W N Medlicott. In 1978 he joined the School of History at the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in International History and Politics. In 1982 and 1983, he was Visiting Professor of Political Science & History at Vanderbilt University in the USA.
He was made a Senior Lecturer in International History in 1988 and a Reader in International Communications in 1992. He secured his Chair in International Communications in 1998. In between, he was seconded to the newly created Institute of Communications Studies in 1990 where he served as its first Deputy Director until 1998, when he became its second Director (succeeding Professor Nicholas Pronay). He was Director for four years until 2002. He is currently the Programme Leader for the MA in International Communications.
His research interests are government-media relations, public and cultural diplomacy, propaganda, psychological operations/warfare, information operations/warfare, military-media relations, international film, radio and television (international communications) – all in an historical or contemporary context.
He is Associate Editor of both The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and The Journal of Information Warfare and he serves on the international editorial board for the new journal Global Media and Communication. He also served for many years as Executive Secretary or Chairman of the InterUniversity History Film Consortium.
In the UK he has lectured widely for military education courses, including at the Defence Intelligence and Security School (DISS) at Chicksands, the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), both in London, and at the Joint Services Command Staff College (JSCSC) at Shrivenham.
On military matters outside the UK, he has lectured at, among others places, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, and on NATO courses at the Polish Land Forces HQ in Warsaw, the Norwegian Defence and Security School (NORDISS) in Oslo, the Swedish Defence College in Stockholm, the Italian Air Force Academy in Naples, the United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOC, now University) at Hurlburt Field, Florida, the Canadian Armed Forces at Montreal Garrison, and at the US Army War College in Pennsylvania. He was also consulted by the prosecution of the Milosevic trial at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague on Serbian propaganda in 2002.
He has published 10 books, including War and the Media: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Gulf War (2nd edition 1997), Munitions of the Mind: a history of propaganda from the ancient world to the present day (3rd edition 2003); Global Communications, International Affairs and the Media since 1945 (1997) and British Propaganda in the 20th Century: Selling Democracy (1999) as well as more than 70 articles and book chapters. He has made many media appearances, including on the BBC’s Newsnight and Timewatch programmes, Channel 4 News, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, and he has written op-ed pieces, inter alia, for The Washington Post and Al Ahram (Egypt).