Martin Marinos completed his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2016. His research areas of specialization include transnational media history, political economy of media, socialist mass communication, media production studies and media populism.
Drawing on a multi-method approach that engages with archival sources and oral interviews with journalists, media managers, and politicians, his dissertation, and now book project, Free to Hate: The Liberalization of Socialist Mass Media in post-1989 Bulgaria, examines how the liberalization of Eastern European socialist media facilitated the growth of far-right political movements. The first part of Free to Hate is a media history that describes how mass communication and especially the new medium of television intervened in the cultural and political changes that accompanied post-Stalinist socialism. The second part of his manuscript examines the transformations that brought in the global corporate media monopolies after the changes of 1989. He argues that one of the most detrimental outcomes of this degenerated media field is the proliferation of racist rhetoric against the Roma and Muslim minorities and more recently against the Syrian refugees trying to enter “Fortress Europe” through the Balkan route. Thus, the goal of the project is twofold: to problematize the almost complete omission of the legacy of socialist media within mainstream Anglo-American media histories and to explain the affinity between right-wing populism, a phenomenon ubiquitous beyond the border of the former “Iron Curtain,” and global media.
His work has appeared in Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European Media, Communication, Capitalism and Critique, Global Media Journal, Social History, Radical Philosophy, Advances in the History of Rhetoric and other publications. In the past ten years he has taught a wide variety of courses including “Global Media,” “Introduction to Global Studies,” “Social Media,” “Introduction to Communication,” “International Communication,” “Public Speaking,” “Public Relations.” During his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harriman Institute he will teach “Global Media” at the School of International and Public Affairs.