Emma L. Briant is a researcher at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Dr. Briant specializes in researching and publishing on the topics of propaganda and political communication and is most interested in changing technologies and their implications for democracy, international security, inequality and human rights.
Dr. Briant analyzed the coordination and increasing impacts of the digitalization of defense propaganda for her book “Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change” (Manchester University Press, 2015). Her first book was “Bad News for Refugees” (Pluto Press, 2013), co-authored with Greg Philo and Pauline Donald, which examined U.K. political and media discourse on migration prior to Brexit, the 2016 referendum that approved Britain leaving the EU, and she continues to work on the latter. For her forthcoming publications on propaganda in the EU Referendum, she gained unparalleled access to interviews with senior executives at Cambridge Analytica and Leave.EU.
She is currently writing the forthcoming co-authored book “What’s Wrong with the Democrats? Media Bias, Inequality and the rise of Donald Trump” with SMPA professor Robert Entman. She spent 11 years researching SCL Group and Cambridge Analytica and was central in revealing their wrongdoing in 2018 — this research formed the basis for important evidence submitted to the U.K. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into “fake news” and the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018 among other public inquiries.
She is now consolidating recent research — which straddles her interests in politics, security and the reproduction of inequality — into a long-term book project tentatively titled “Propaganda Machine: The Hidden Story of Cambridge Analytica and the Digital Influence Industry.”