Professor Jo Fox

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Professor Jo Fox
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Engagement) & Dean, School of Advanced Study
Central Services of the School
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Communications, History, Modern History
Research keywords:
Propaganda, Disinformation, Misinformation, Fake News
Europe, North America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Jo Fox is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Engagement) and Dean, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a specialist in the history of propaganda and psychological warfare in twentieth-century Europe. She has published on propaganda in Britain and Germany during the First and Second World Wars, in particular exploring the connections between propaganda and popular opinion, and on mis-and disinformation in contemporary society. She is currently working on a four-year Leverhulme-funded project with James Smith (Durham) and Pat Waugh (Durham) on ‘The Political Warfare Executive, Covert Propaganda and British Culture’ and on an AHRC COVID-19 rapid response project on ‘COVID-19 rumours in historical context’. Jo is a regular commentator on historical and contemporary disinformation campaigns (‘fake news’). Prior to her current role, she was the first female Director of the Institute of Historical Research, first female Professor of Modern History and first female Head of Department at Durham University, where she began her academic career in 1999. She has previously served as the Honorary Communications Director of the Royal Historical Society. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2007), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Manufactures and the Arts (FRSA). She currently serves as the early research panel Chair at the Wellcome Trust. 

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jun-2022 The Future of News


Harrison, J (ed.), Making the News, British Library Exhibition publication

01-Feb-2020 Fake News’ – the Perfect Storm. Historical Perspectives

Journal articles

Historical Research, Volume 93:259 (February 2020), 172–187

01-Mar-2019 Confronting Lord Haw-Haw: Rumor and Britain’s Wartime Anti-Lies Bureau

Journal articles

The Journal of Modern History 91, no. 1 (March 2019): 74-108

01-Jan-2019 Propaganda and Conflict. War, Media and Shaping the Twentieth Century

Edited Book

Edited with with Mark Connelly, Stefan Goebbel and Ulf Schmidt

01-Jan-2017 Art and Propaganda


in Bourke, J. (ed.), War and Art. A Visual History of Modern Conflict (London, 2017)

01-Jan-2015 Making sense of the war


1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson (2015)

01-Jan-2015 The Propaganda War


Bosworth, R.J.B. & Maiolo, Joseph A. (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Second World War (Cambridge, 2015)

01-Jan-2015 Rumour and Politics

Journal articles

(co-authored with Coast, David) History Compass 13, 2015 pp. 222- 234

01-Jan-2013 “To Be a Woman”: female labour and memory in documentary film production, 1929–50'

Journal articles

Journal of British Cinema and Television, 10 (2013), 584-602

01-Jan-2013 From documentary film to television documentaries: John Grierson and This Wonderful World

Journal articles

Journal of British Cinema and Television, 10 (2013), 498-523

01-Jan-2013 Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age

Edited Book

Edited with David Welch

01-Jan-2012 Careless talk: tensions within British domestic propaganda during the Second World War

Journal articles

Journal of British Studies, 51 (2012), 936-66

01-Jan-2011 Propaganda and the flight of Rudolf Hess, 1941-45

Journal articles

Journal of Modern History, 83 (2011), 78-110

01-Jan-2009 Heldinnen des Alltags: Heroic motherhood in Nazi film - Mutterliebe (1939) and Annelie (1941)

Historical Reflections/ Réflexions Historiques, 35/2 (2009), 21-39.  Reproduced in Brett Bowles (ed.), The Politics of French and German Cinema, 1930-1945 (Oxford, 2011)

01-Jan-2007 German cinema and the United Kingdom, 1933-45


Roel Vande Winkel and David Welch (eds.), Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of the Third Reich Cinema (Basingstoke, 2007), 289-305

01-Jan-2006 Film Propaganda in Britain and Nazi Germany: World War II Cinema


01-Jan-2006 'Millions Like Us? Accented language and the 'Ordinary' in British films of the Second World War

Journal articles

Journal of British Studies, 45 (2006), 819-45

01-Jan-2005 John Grierson, his “Documentary Boys” and the British Ministry of Information, 1939-1942

Journal articles

Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 25 (2005), 345-69

01-Jan-2005 Winston Churchill and the “Men of Destiny”: Reflections on leadership and the role of the prime minister in the British wartime feature films


Julie Gottlieb and Richard Toye (eds.), Power, Personality and Persuasion: The Impact of the Individual on British Politics since 1867 (London, 2005), 92-108

01-Jan-2005 The Mediator”: images of radio in feature film in Britain and Germany, 1940-1941


Welch, D. and Connelly, M. (eds.), War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda (London, 2005), 92-112

01-Jan-2004 Resistance and the Third Reich


Journal of Contemporary History, 39 (2004), 271-85

01-Jan-2003 Heavy hands and light touches”: approaches to the study of cinematic culture in the Third Reich

Journal articles

History Compass (2003)

01-Jan-2000 Filming Women in the Third Reich


Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Mar-2019 Confronting Lord Haw-Haw: Rumour and Britain's Wartime Anti-Lie Bureau


Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

The Political Warfare Executive, Covert Propaganda, and British Culture

 Leverhulme Trust award with Durham University

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Royal Historical Society
Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Consultancy & Media
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