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Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody

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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 a former co-convener of the British International Studies working group on Russian and Eurasian Security and 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, 2023) and "The Russian identity riddle: unwrapping Russia’s security policy" (Routledge, 2024).

Teaching interests

  • Module Team Co-Chair (production), D322
  • Module Team Member (prodution), D228: Exploring International Relations
  • Module Team Member and former Chair (presentation), DD 313: International relations: continuity and change in global politics
  • Module Team Member (production), D818 and D828, MA International Relations 
  • 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; media and memory.

Impact and engagement

Putin demands 'real men' fight his war with mass email call-up papers, The Express, April 2023

Ukraine war: how have Vladimir Putin’s narratives survived a year of reality checks?, The Conversation, February 2023

Evidence: Misinformation and Trusted voices, DCMS, September 2022

Ukraine war: Putin announces annexation of four regions, but his hold on them may be flimsy, The Conversation, September 2022

RT and Conspiracy Theories: “The Kremlin’s Underdog” against the West, The Centre for Democratic Integrity, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody and Dr Ilya Yablokov, September 2022

Putin is clearly worried - Russia's media is becoming as censored as China's - COMMENT , The Express, March 2022

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


Visualizing China’s Belt and Road Initiative on RT (Russia Today): from infrastructural project to human development (2023)
van Noort, C. and Chatterje-Doody, P. N.
Eurasian Geography and Economics, 64(23) (pp. 431-459)

[Book Review] Meanwhile, in Russia… Russian internet memes and viral video by Eliot Borenstein, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2022 (2023)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N.
Canadian Slavonic Papers, 65(3-4) (pp. 544-545)

Three lessons for the future of public service broadcasting: Information, confrontation and Russia's war on Ukraine (2022-07-07)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious and Crilley, Rhys
IPPR Progressive Review, 29(1) (pp. 28-36)

ICYMI: RT and Youth-Oriented International Broadcasting as (Geo)Political Culture Jamming (2022)
Saunders, Robert A.; Crilley, Rhys and Chatterje-Doody, Precious N.
The International Journal of Press/Politics, 27(3) (pp. 696-717)

Mediatization and journalistic agency: Russian television coverage of the Skripal poisonings (2021-12-01)
Tolz, Vera; Hutchings, Stephen; Chatterje-Doody, Precious N. and Crilley, Rhys
Journalism, 22(12) (pp. 2971-2990)

From Russia with Lols: Humour, RT, and the Legitimation of Russian Foreign Policy (2021)
Crilley, Rhys and Chatterje-Doody, Precious
Global Society, 35(2) (pp. 269-288)

The Stories we Tell: Memory, Engagement(s), and Donbas a Video Essay (2021)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N. and Tsymbalyuk, Darya
Modern Languages Open, 1, Article 6

The cultural politics of commemoration: Media and remembrance of the Russian revolutions of 1917 (2020-06-01)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N and Gillespie, Marie
European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(3) (pp. 305-314)

Regime legitimation, not nation-building: Media commemoration of the 1917 revolutions in Russia’s neo-authoritarian state (2020-06-01)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N. and Tolz, Vera
European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(3) (pp. 335-353)

Emotions and war on YouTube: affective investments in RT’s visual narratives of the conflict in Syria (2020)
Crilley, Rhys and Chatterje-Doody, Precious N.
Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 33(5) (pp. 713-733)

Making Sense of Emotions and Affective Investments in War: RT and the Syrian Conflict on YouTube (2019-08-09)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N. and Crilley, Rhys
Media and Communication, 7(3) (p 167)

Security studies in the age of ‘post-truth’ politics: in defence of poststructuralism (2019)
Crilley, Rhys and Chatterje-Doody, Precious
Critical Studies on Security, 7 (pp. 166-170)

Harnessing History: Narratives, Identity and Perceptions of Russia's Post-Soviet Role (2014-06-01)
Chatterje-Doody, P. N.
Politics, 34(2) (pp. 126-137)

Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories: People, Power and Politics on RT (2022)
Yablokov, Ilya and Chatterje-Doody, Precious N.
ISBN : 9780367224684 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Russian Public Diplomacy: Questioning Certainties in Uncertain Times (2021-01-02)
Birge, Lucy and Chatterje-Doody, Precious N
In: Surowiec, Pawel and Manor, Ilan eds. Public Diplomacy and the Politics of Uncertainty. Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy
ISBN : 978-3-030-54552-9 | Publisher : Palgrave

Government disinformation in war and conflict (2021)
Crilley, R. and Chatterje-Doody, P. N.
In: Tumber, H. and Waisbord, S. eds. The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism (pp. 242-252)
ISBN : 978-100300443-1 | Publisher : Routledge

Digital spaces of war: Genre and affective investments in RT's representations of the Syrian conflict (2020)
Crilley, Rhys and Chatterje-Doody, Precious
In: Maltby, Sarah; O'Loughlin, Ben and Parry, Katy eds. Spaces of War, War of Spaces
ISBN : 9781501360312 | Publisher : Bloomsbury

Populism and Contemporary Global Media: Populist Communication Logics and the Co-construction of Transnational Identities (2019-01-12)
Chatterje-Doody, Precious N. and Crilley, Rhys
In: Stengel, Frank A.; MacDonald, David B. and Nabers, Dirk eds. Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions. Global Political Sociology (pp. 73-99)
Publisher : Springer Nature Switzerland

Russia rising? The normative renaissance of multinational organizations (2015)
Chatterje-Doody, P. N.
In: Gaskarth, Jamie ed. Rising powers, global governance, and global ethics (pp. 173-194)
ISBN : 9781315738901 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Competition for co-operation: Roles and Realities in Russian Foreign Policy (2015)
Chatterje-Doody, P. N.
In: Lane, David and Samokhvalov, V. eds. The Eurasian Project and Europe (pp. 203-217)
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan