Professor Dr Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler ia Professor of Political Communication and Research Lead

Mark Wheeler, Professor of Political Communications

Mark Wheeler

BA MA PhD. Lecturer; Senior Lecturer; Reader; Admissions Officer; Politics Lead.
Media policy, political pommunication, celebrity politics, politics of Hollywood and social media politics.
Politics of Media; Public Diolomacy


  • Politics and the Mass Media, (Oxford: Blackwells, 1997)
  • Co-author with Jeanette Steemers and Petros Iosifidis, European Television Industries, (London: British Film Institute, 2005)
  • Hollywood: Politics and Society, (London: British Film Institute, 2006).
  • Celebrity Politics: Image and Identity in Contemporary Political Communications, (Cambridge: Polity 2013)
  • Co-author with Petros Iosifidis, Public Spheres and Mediated Social Networks: The Western Context and Beyond, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016)
  • William Friedkin's Sorcerer: A Convoy of Fear, (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2021) (forthcoming)

Journal articles

  • (With Raymond Kuhn) ‘The Future of the BBC Revisited’, The Political Quarterly, (Vol. 65, No.4, October-December 1994), pp. 432-440
  • ‘Democracy and the Information Superhighway’, Vicky Randall (ed), Democratization and the Media, Special Edition of Democratization, (London: Frank Cass, Summer 1998), pp. 217-239
  • ‘High-Tech Politics: The Impact of Information Communication Technologies in the Labour Party’s 1997 Campaign’, Convergence, (Luton: University of Luton Press, Volume 4, No.4, Winter 1998), pp. 42-58
  • ‘Research Note: The ‘Undeclared war’ part II: the European Union’s (EU) consultation process for the new round of the General Agreement on Trading Services/ World Trade Organisation on audio-visual services’, European Journal of Communication, (London: Sage Publications, Volume 15, No.2, Summer 2000), pp. 253-262.
  • ‘Globalization of the Communications Marketplace’, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, (Cambridge Mass: MIT Press, Volume 5, No.3, Summer 2000) pp. 27-44
  • ‘Regulating Communications: British Public Policy Responses to Convergence within the Digital Age’, Canadian Journal of Communication, (Canadian Journal of Communication Corporation, Volume 26, No.1, Winter 2001), pp.119-129
  • ‘Regulating Communications in the UK: A New Future’, Convergence, (Luton: University of Luton Press, Volume 7, No.3, Autumn 2001), pp. 28-35
  • ‘Tuning into the New Economy: The European Union’s Competition policy in a converging communications environment’, Convergence, (Luton: University of Luton Press, Volume 8, No.3, Autumn 2002), pp. 98-116
  • ‘Supranational regulation: Television and the European Union’, European Journal of Communication, (London: Sage Publications, Volume 19, No.3, Autumn, 2004), pp. 349-369. (Translated into Chinese)
  • ‘Whither cultural diversity: the European union’s market vision for the review of Television without Frontiers Directive’ in Katherine Sarikakis (ed) Special issue Media and Cultural policy in the European Union, The Journal of European Studies: An Interdisciplinary Series in European Culture, History and Politics, (Netherlands: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 227-249
  • ‘Celebrity Diplomacy: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace’ in Jo Littler (ed), Celebrity Studies: Special Edition on Celebrity and the Global, (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • 'Celebrity Forum: 2010 Television Prime Minister debates’, Celebrity Studies (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • ‘The Democratic worth of Celebrity Politics in an era of Late Modernity’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations: Celebrity Politics special edition, (John Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
  • ‘European Union State Aid, public subsidies and analogue switch-off/digital switchover’, International Journal of Digital Television, (Bristol: Intellect, 2012)
  • ‘A City Upon a Hill’: The Wire and its distillation of the United States polity’, Politics (Political Studies Association, 2014)
  • ‘The Mediatization of Celebrity Politics through the Social Media’, International Journal of Digital Television, (Bristol: Intellect, 2014)
  • (With Petros Iosifidis), The Public Sphere and Network Democracy: Social movements and Political Change?, Global Media Journal (Open Access, 2015)
  • (with Hugo Dobson, Andrew Cooper), ‘Introduction to non-western Celebrity Politicians’, Celebrity Studies, (London, Routledge 2017)
  • (with Duygu Karatus) ‘Introduction’. Editor of Special Edition ‘The Public Sphere and the Social Media.’ , International Journal of Digital Television, (Bristol: Intellect, 2017)
  • (with Petros Iosifidis), ‘Modern Political Communication and Web 2.0 in Representative Democracies’, Javnost: The Public – 25th anniversary issue, Vol. 25 (2018), no. 1-2.
  • “Celebrity Politics and Cultural Studies within the United States and United Kingdom.” In Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2018).(

Chapters in books

  • ‘Multi-Mediatization and Citizens’ Rights’, Jo Langham Brown (ed) etc, Tune In or Buy-In, (Luton: University of Luton Press, 1997)
  • ‘The Web Wars: the European Commission and British Governments’ response to the Internet’ in Rachel Gibson and Stephen J Ward (eds), Reinvigorating Government: Politics and the Internet, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000)
  • ‘The Coverage of Political affairs: the Weapons of Mass Destruction Debate, the Kelly Affair and the Hutton Inquiry’ in Alastair McGown (ed), British Television Handbook 2005, (London: British Film Institute, 2004)
  • ‘UK Perspectives: A ‘Third Way’ in British Communications Policy? in Marie-Françoise Labouz and Mark Wise (ed), La Diversité Culturelle en Question(s) Cultural Diversity in Question(s) (Brussels: Editions Bruylant, 2005)
  • ‘Supranational Regulation: The EU Competition Directorate and the European Audiovisual Marketplace’ in Bridgette Wessels and Jackie Harrison (eds) Mediating Europe: New Media, Mass Communications and the European Public Sphere, (Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2009)
  • ‘The European Union’s Competition Directorate: State Aids and Public Service Broadcasting' in Petros Iosifidis (ed), Public Service Media: Facing Up to the Digital Challenges, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  • ‘Celebrity Politics and Cultural Citizenship: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messenger of Peace’ in Asteris Huliaras, Liza Tsaliki and Christos A Frangonikolopoulos (eds), Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics Changing the World? (Intellect, 2011)
  • ‘Darryl F Zanuck’s Wilson’ in Iwan Morgan (ed), US Presidencies at the Movies (Palgrave, 2011)
  • ‘Bill Clinton: courting the Hollywood film industry’ in Mark White (ed) The Presidency of Bill Clinton: The Legacy of a New Domestic and Foreign Policy (I B Taurus, 2012)
  • ‘Digital Switchover: European Union State Aid, public subsidies and enlargement’ in Hilde van den Bulck Manuel Puppis, Seamus Simpson (eds), European Media Policy for the Twenty-First Century: Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future (Routledge, 2016)
  • ‘Celebrity Diplomacy: Theories and Practices’ in The Sage Handbook of Diplomacy (eds Costas M Constantinou, Paul Sharp, Pauline Kerr) (Sage Publications, 2016)
  • ‘The political history of Classical Hollywood: moguls, liberals and radicals’ in US Movies and the Great Depression (eds Professor Iwan Morgan and Professor Philip Davies) (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • ‘Human Rights, Celebrity and Democracy’ in Anthony Elliot (ed), The Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies (Routledge, 2017)
PSA small conference grant
British Screen Advisty Council
Expert commentary on Celebrity politics and social media for Cartrr Ruck and BBC

Professor Dr Mark Wheeler
Professor of Political Communications