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Ben O'Loughlin, Prof

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Country of residence

United Kingdom

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Research Discipline

Politics & International Relations


He has contributed to the New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, OpenDemocracy, Sky News and Newsweek. He has been interviewed in the national press in Belgium and Ukraine.


Ben O'Loughlin (DPhil Oxon, FRSA) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament's Select Committee on Soft Power, producing the report Power and Persuasion in the Modern World. He was 2019 Thinker in Residence at the Flemish Royal Society to address 'Disinformation and Democracy'. He is co-editor of the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict. In 2017 Ben published Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, with A. Miskimmon and L. Roselle, eds.). Ben has recently completed several projects on digital engagement with the British Council. In 2016 Ben and his co-authors won the Walter Lippmann Award for Political Communication at the American Political Science Association (APSA). He is currently completing a book examining the role of narrative in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.