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Andrew Panay


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Personal profile

I’m a Sociologist and Lecturer with many years of experience in teaching. 

I joined the Abertay University in 1995 following a brief career in mainstream teaching.

My research interests are focused on the sociology of political culture and the media. I’m concerned principally with narratives and discourses of politics, conflict and war, and more generally with the social production of these as myth and propaganda.

I also have a broad interest in British and American cultural history and popular culture, and a longstanding interest in the American captivity narrative.


I teach across a number of programmes. These are my current teaching duties and responsibilities 

Level 1 – Introduction to the Sociology of Media (Module Tutor)

Level 2 – News, Truth and Power 

Level 2 - Popular Media Genres (Elective, Module Tutor)

Level 3 – Propaganda, PR and Misinformation (Module Tutor)

Level 4 – Death, Killing and Dying

Research interests

My research interests are primarily in the sociology of political culture and the media, and are concerned principally with narratives and discourses of politics, conflict and war, and more broadly with the social production of these as myth and propaganda. I am very happy to consider student projects and dissertations on representation and discourse with respect to television and newspapers, cinema, films and games. I am interested in war, conflict and society, have a broad interest in British and American cultural history and popular culture, and popular culture genres; and a long stadning interest in the American captivity carrative. I am currently researching the uses and construction of politcal myths in the British tabloid press using the methodological tooklits developed by critical discourse analysis (CDA). 

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Research Output 2002 2017

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Open Access
discourse analysis

War, captivity and the American civilising process on the colonial frontier of the eighteenth century

Panay, A., 20 Mar 2014, In : American Studies Today. 23, p. 3-10 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Civilizing Process
Native Americans

The peculiar pose of Jessica Lynch

Panay, A., Jun 2013, Barthes' mythologies today: readings of contemporary culture. Bennett, P. & McDougall, J. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 112-117 6 p. (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies; no. 52).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Eschatology and Sacred Errand in Mary Rowlandson’s Sovereignty and Goodness of God

Panay, A., 2012, In : American Studies Today. 19, 21, p. 8-13 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access
Historical Context
Personal Experience