Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication


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Dr Taner Dogan is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication at Queen Margaret University and a Guest Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a full member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

Taner earned his PhD degree in Journalism at City, University of London. His thesis examines the political communication strategies of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). Drawing on approaches to political communication and social movement theories, it analyses the transformations that have taken place within the AKP. The research, a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, identifies two distinct policy periods. The first, from 2002 to 2009, characterized by a liberal political ideology, where AKP embraced human rights, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. Then, the post-2010 era, where a shift towards a populist discourse has emerged which, in retrospect, has problematized the objectives of Turkey’s democratization process. It also highlights the implications of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's one-man rule and the consequent deinstitutionalization of the state. He pursued his postgraduate education at SOAS, University of London, where he received his MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication. For his dissertation, entitled “The Mobilisation of Tahrir Square as an Arab Street and Al Jazeera’s role”, he researched in Doha and Cairo, and conducted in-depth interviews with Egyptian journalists, activists and politician.


Before becoming an assistant professor of media and communications in Istanbul, Taner worked in broadcast journalism in the UK and Turkey. His first monograph, Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdoğan, the AKP and Political Messaging was published by I.B.Tauris/Bloomsbury in 2021.


Currently, he advises non-governmental organizations in Germany, Turkey, and the UK.


Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

International Communication Association (ICA)

Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies - Full

Taner’s research interests are primarily focused on communications, politics, religion, art and digital culture, with a specific interest in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Active Research Interests:
Political communication
Digital culture
Cultural Studies
Technology and Society
Middle East and North Africa
Research Methods:
Elite interviews
Focus groups
Content Analysis

Taner teaches media and communication subjects. He also supervises postgraduate research on a broad variety of topics related to communications, politics, art and journalism.