Nick Cull

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(propaganda expert)
BornSept 1964
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham, University of Leeds

Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Communication; Professor of Public Diplomacy; Director, Master of Public Diplomacy (ie propaganda) program at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

He took both his BA and PhD at the University of Leeds. While a graduate student, he studied at Princeton as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. From 1992 to 1997 he was lecturer in American History at the University of Birmingham in the UK. From September 1997 to August 2005 he was Professor of American Studies and Director of the Centre for American Studies in the Department of History at Leicester University.

His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on public diplomacy and — more broadly — the role of media, culture and propaganda in international history. He is editor of the journal Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, President of the International Association for Media and History, and a member of the Public Diplomacy Council of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[1]

Integrity Initiative

He is mentioned as a prospective lecturer ("(a terrific Brit out at USC Annenberg") in Integrity Initiative memorandum Document:To influence/shape entertainment outputs


His first book, Selling War, published by OUP New York in 1995, was a study of British information work in the United States before Pearl Harbor.

He is the author of two volumes on the history of US public diplomacy: The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge 2008), and The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 (Palgrave, New York, 2012).

He is the co-editor (with David Culbert and David Welch) of Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500-present (2003), co-editor with David Carrasco of Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2004).

He is an active film historian who has been part of the movement to include film and other media within the mainstream of historical sources. His publications in this area include two books co-authored with James Chapman: Projecting Empire: Imperialism in Popular Cinema (IB Tauris, London, 2009) and Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction in Popular Cinema (IB Tauris, 2013). He has published numerous articles on the theme of propaganda and media history.

His most recent volume (co-edited with Francisco Rodriguez and Lorenzo Delgado),is US Public Diplomacy and Democratization in Spain: Selling Democracy? (Palgrave,New York, 2015). [2]

He has published a white paper, ‘Counter Propaganda: Cases from US Public Diplomacy and Beyond.’ Legatum Institute, London, July 2015, pp. 1-16, for the Legatum Institute, wich has connections to the governing elite.