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Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody

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Professional biography

Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody joined the OU in 2019 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies. She taught previously at the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, and worked for two years as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: from Cold War to 'Information War'? 

Research interests

Dr Chatterje-Doody's research interests centre on questions of communication, perception and security, with a particular focus on Russia. Her work engages with the role of historical memory and identity in international relations; soft power, political communication and global media (particularly Russia's international broadcaster, RT); and critical approaches to security, including emotions and war.

She is the co-author (with Dr Ilya Yablokov, Sheffield University) of "Russia Today and Conspiracy Theory: People, power and politics on RT" (Routledge, 2022). Her two forthcoming books are "Russia, Misinformation and the Liberal Order: Co-Creating RT as a Populist Pariah" (with Tolz, Hutchings, Crilley and Gillespie, Cornell University Press, 2022) and "The Russian identity riddle: unwrapping Russia’s security policy" (Routledge, 2023).

Together with Dr Natasha Kuhrt and Dr Marcin Kaczmarski, Dr Chatterje-Doody also co-convenes the British International Studies working group on Russian and Eurasian Security.

Teaching interests

  • Module Team Chair, DD 313: International relations: continuity and change in global politics
  • Module Team Member, D818 and D828, MA International Relations (currently in production)
  • Narrative approaches to international relations
  • Qualitative social media methods
  • PhD Supervision: happy to supervise candidates working on Russian foreign/security policy; soft power and international broadcasting; narrative approaches to international relations; emotions/affect and international politics; elite rhetoric, populism and global media.

Impact and engagement

Ukraine war: RT coverage is biased and misleading but banning the network may not be a good ideaThe Conversation, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody March 2022.

Russia’s state broadcaster RT going all-out to boost legitimacy of rigged Duma election, The Conversation, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody and Dr Ilya Yablokov, September 2021.

The Evolution of Russian Hybrid Warfare - United Kingdom, CEPA, January 2021

The RT Challenge: How to respond to Russia’s international broadcaster, Policy@Manchester briefing note, Professor Stephen Hutchings, Professor Vera Tolz and Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, July 2019.

Did Russia make Brexit promoter Nigel Farage a ‘YouTube star’? Dr Rhys Crilley and Dr Precious N Chatterje-Doody, Washington Post Monkey Cage, 27 March, 2019.

‘Ofcom’s latest ruling on RT is more significant than you might think’. Professor Stephen Hutchings, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody and Dr Rhys Crilley, The Huffington Post, 21 December 2018.

‘How RT (Russia Today) navigates ‘Us’ and ‘Them’’, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, E-IR, 3 October 2018.

‘How badly did Russia’s interview with the Skripal poisoning suspects backfire?’, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody and Dr Rhys Crilley, Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 15 September 2018.

‘Four things you need to know about Russian media manipulation strategies’, Professor Vera Tolz and Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, The Conversation, 5 April 2018.

‘Why did Putin build a monument to victims of Soviet repression?’, Professor Vera Tolz and Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, Washington Post Monkey Cage, November 2017. (reprinted by Newsweek).

‘Post-truth’ media really is shifting the news agenda – and more subtly than it seems…’ Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, The Conversation, September 2017.

External collaborations