My name is Scott Patrick. I recently graduated from American University with a PhD in political science. My research interests include Western hegemony, global political economy, Marxist theory, cultural manipulation, ideology, and dependency theory. I live and work in Washington, D.C. I am currently searching for an academic job.
My dissertation examined the representation in influential Western media publications of Sub-Saharan Africa, its development, and Western involvement in the subcontinent. Specifically, it used a combined approach of corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis to locate important keywords, phrases, patterns, and discursive strategies in a corpus of approximately 500 thousand words drawn from 576 articles published in Western newspapers and business magazines between 1975 and 2009. Drawing on cultural studies in other disciplines (including postcolonial studies) as well as political theories of imperialism and dependency, my dissertation explored whether the discourses found within the corpus supported Western hegemony in Sub-Saharan Africa, from the economic restructuring of African economies to recent competition between the West and emerging economies such as China increasing their presence in Africa. (Spoiler alert: they did.)
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