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Dr Marc Jones

Research Interests

As an interdisciplinarian, I have a number of facets to my research.  I am currently using medium data techniques to examine strategies of sectarian hate speech and propaganda on social media in the Gulf region. Some of this work also looks at the role of Twitter Bots and strategies of informational control used by state and non-state actors. 

My current historical research is mainly focused on Bahraini court records from the first half of the 20th century, which I will be using to analyse the impact the cadastral survey had on land rights in the country.  In addition to this, I am revisiting the British-led reforms of the 1920s, and looking at power dynamics in Bahrain post-Independence, with particular attention paid to the changing nature of foreign influence on repression and control of opposition groups. 

Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who are looking at both contemporary and historical aspects of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. In particular, I am interested in critical or radical approaches to politcs in the region, and issues that address social justice. I have experience in research and writing about historical repression, politics, celebrity, and communication.  As someone who values inter or multidisciplinary endeavours, I am happy to consider any student with exciting research on the Gulf. I would recommend students look at my publications to get an idea of topics I have explored.