Dr Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris is LSE Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, where she teaches on MSc Media, Communication and Development, Media Theories, Methods and Humanitarian Communications.
Dr Harris holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Hong Kong Baptist University where she examined the exogenous influence of foreign intervention in analysing Malawi's media system. Prior to this, she has over 10 years working experience in media and human rights across Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and South America, focusing specifically on training young journalists and activists on freedom of expression, ethical image-making and reporting, campaigning, and countering hate speech.
Her core research interests and expertise centre on the intersection between media, race, coloniality, and international development. At present, she is carrying out research on the monetisation and commodification of Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies by (I)NGOs on social media in the ‘Global South.’ This research aims to advance indigenous, critical race, and postcolonial perspectives on the critical political economy of the media as a means of contributing to a deeper interdisciplinary investigation into the neoliberal logic of racial capitalism. Other research focuses on the influence of racist policies and discourses on the Black British press and the fear of using Critical Race Methodologies by (I)NGOs.
Her pedagogy draws from ideas, theoretical frameworks, and case studies that reposition media and communication studies outside the Western European/Northern American axis.