Life Before Ulster
Dr Stephen Baker has over 20 years teaching experience in higher education, having been a Senior Lecture in Film and Television Studies at the University of Northampton, and an Associate Lecture with Open University’s MA Media & Cultural Studies.
Stephen has taught widely across Media and Cultural Studies, including Britain and Ireland on screen; media and cultural theory; news and conflict; and media practice.
Stephen’s research interests are closely aligned with his teaching, and broadly examine the relationship between media, culture and politics. He has co-authored two books with Greg McLaughlin – The Propaganda of Peace (Bristol: Intellect, 2010), which looks at media and cultural representations of the Northern Ireland peace process, and The British Media and Bloody Sunday (Bristol: Intellect, 2016). He has also written about the culture and political economy of post-conflict Belfast, as well as representations of class in British television drama.
Stephen’s research and teaching underscores his work with a variety of community projects and trade union initiatives. He has a longstanding relationship with Trademark Belfast, a social justice co-operative established by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to tackle sectarianism and inequality. He has contributed to workshops and courses offered by the Ex-Prisoners Assistance Committee (Expac) in the field of peace and reconciliation; and has written an Intercomm report for the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister on the media representation of working class unionism.