James Curran is Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, supported by a £1.25 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, and Professor of Communications. While at Goldsmiths, he has held a number of visiting appointments including McClatchy Professor (Stanford), Annenberg Professor (UPenn), Bonnier Professor (Stockholm University) and NRC Professor (Oslo University).<BR><BR>He has written or edited 21 books about the media, some in collaboration with others. These include Media and Democracy, Routledge, 2011, Power Without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton), 7th edition, Routledge, (2010), Media and Society, 5th edition, Bloomsbury, 2010 and Media and Power, Routledge, 2002 (translated into five languages). His latest book is Misunderstanding the Internet (with Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman), Routledge, March 2012, arising from Leverhulme funded research.<BR><BR>His work falls mainly into two linked areas: media history and media political economy. In media history, he has sought increasingly to relate the development of the media to wider changes in society, while in media political economy he has turned to comparative media research, drawing on quantitative methods. This has resulted in three comparative studies, two funded by the ESRC (for outputs see ?publications? above). More recently still, he has been evaluating the impact of the internet and new communications technology.<BR><BR>James Curran has given numerous public lectures and keynote addresses, most recently in Beijing, Brasilia, Cardiff, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Madrid, Philadelphi, Sydney, and Tokyo. In 2011, he was the first person to win the C. Edwin Baker Award for his lifetime contribution to scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy by the International Communication Association?s Philosophy, Policy and Law Divisions.<BR><BR>