Dr Michael Munnik
Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods
My work concerns media and religion and, more specifically, the news media and Muslims in Britain. Where much of the scholarship in this area examines news content, I attend to the context in which the news is created. I am interested in media production analysis, qualitative research methods, journalist-source relationships, and diversity in the newsroom. Underpinning these interests is a sociological attentiveness to the connection between the religious and professional identification of journalists as well as the impact that can have on newsroom culture. I bring to this subject not only my skills and interest as a researcher but also prior professional experience, having trained as a journalist and worked in public radio in Canada.
- 'Muslims Like Us is more like Geordie Shore than a real challenge to stereotypes' The Conversation. 14 December 2016.
- 'My Academic Diary: Michael B. Munnik.' The Sociological Review Blog (The Sociological Review). 18 July 2016.
- ‘Honour Your Valleys.’ Pubs and Publications: The PhD Experience (University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Sciences). 28 August 2015.
- ‘Occupation: Student.’ Pubs and Publications: The PhD Experience (University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Sciences). 24 July 2015.
- ‘Hooray for Doctor Daddy: Parenting and the PhD.’ Pubs and Publications: The PhD Experience (University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Sciences). 19 June 2015.
- ‘Scotland’s religious future.’ The Future of the UK and Scotland (University of Edinburgh/ESRC). 14 May 2014.
- ‘Scottish... and something else? Arab Scots discuss identity on world radio.’ The Future of the UK and Scotland (University of Edinburgh/ESRC). 28 March 2014.
- ‘Muslims debate the IndyRef: Distinctly indistinct arguments.’ The Future of the UK and Scotland (University of Edinburgh/ESRC). 21 March 2014.
- ‘A lively engagement.’ Life and Work. 1 February 2014.
- ‘Media need religion.’ The Presbyterian Record. 1 October 2012
- Episode 22 - The Voice of the Reviewer. The Art of the Review (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online). 28 March 2016.
- Episode 19 - Reviewing Culture. The Art of the Review (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online). 7 March 2016.
- Episode 53. Viva Survivors (Podcast by Dr Nathan Ryder, sharing experiences of PhD life and preparation for the viva). 14 December 2015.
Education and Qualifications
- 2015 – PhD Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Edinburgh)
- 2011 – MA Religion in Contemporary Society (King’s College London)
- 2002 – BJ Combined Honours – Journalism and English Literature (Carleton University)
- 2015 - Lecturer, Cardiff University
- 2014 - 2015 Research Manager, Food Standards Agency
- 2011 - 2014 Outreach PhD Candidate, the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh
- 2006 - 2012 Convenor, Board of Directors, Presbyterian Record Inc.
- 2001 - 2009 Broadcast Journalist, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Other Academic Activities
- Peer reviewer: Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press
- Reviews Editor, H-SAE (Society for the Anthropology of Europe)
- Sociology of Religion Study Group of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
- Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)
- International Society for Media, Religion and Culture
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Social Theory and Research Design
- Introduction to Religion (seminar tutor)
- Religion and the News: Conflict and Context - new module for 2016-17 academic year