Marc Owen Jones
Marc Owen Jones received his BA in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting from Cardiff University in 2006, and a CASAW-funded MSc in Arab World Studies from the University of Durham in 2010. Following this, he completed his PhD (funded by the AHRC/ESRC) in 2016 at Durham, where he wrote an interdisciplinary thesis on the history of political repression in Bahrain. His thesis won the 2016 AGAPS prize. He spent much of his childhood in Bahrain, and has also lived in various parts of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Syria. Prior to joining HBKU, he won a Teach at Tubingen Award at Tuebingen University’s Institute for Political Science, and worked as a Lecturer in the History of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula at Exeter University’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. He has edited two books, and an upcoming monograph on political repression in Bahrain with Cambridge University Press. In addition to his academic work, he enjoys communicating his research to broader audiences, and has bylines in the Washington Post, New Statesman, CNN, the Independent, PEN International, and several others. He has also appeared frequently on the BBC, Channel 4 News, and Al Jazeera.
Driven by issues of social justice and a specific area interest in the Gulf, his research spans a number of topics, from historical revisionism, postcolonialism, de-democratization and revolutionary cultural production, to policing, digital authoritarianism and human rights. He is particularly interested in strategies of control that affect people’s life chances in the service of elite power maintenance. Generally speaking, he is interested in forms of political repression and control. At the moment, he is working on a number of topics, including propaganda and Twitter bots, mapping sectarian hate speech, and archival work related to Bahrain and land appropriation As an interdisciplinarian, he has a number of facets to his research. He is currently using medium data techniques to examine strategies of sectarian hate speech and propaganda on social media in the Gulf region. Some of this work also looks at the role of Twitter Bots and strategies of informational control used by state and non-state actors.