Dr Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris

Dr Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris

LSE Fellow in Media, Communication and Development

Department of Media and Communications

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Race and Ethnicity, Racism, Coloniality, Development, Foreign Aid

About me

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 public policies and elite 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.

Expertise Details

Race and Ethnicity; Racism; Coloniality; Development; Foreign Aid


Selected publications

  • Gondwe Harris, S, T., Mfula, C. and Manthalu, C. (2024) 'Piecemeal pedagogies - Reflecting on the nature, context and impact of journalism training and education in Malawi and Zambia' in n E. Borges Rey, S. Bebawi and B. Mutsvairo (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Journalism in the Global South. Taylor & Francis.
  • Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2022), “Aquí no hay negros” Policies of Invisibilization and the Impact on Afro-descendent Media in Argentina in Gladkov, A. and Jamil, S. (eds.) Ethnic Journalism in the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, 113-139. 

  • Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2021). 'Manufacturing the Liberal Media Model Through Developmentality in Malawi' in Pait, H. and Laet, J. (ed.) Media, Development and Democracy (Studies in Media and Communications), Vol 22, 23-44. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2018). 'Questioning the Role of Foreign Aid' in Mutsvairo, B. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa, 401-412. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Mutsvairo, B. and Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2016). 'Rethinking Mobile Media Tactics in Protests: A Comparative Case Study of Hong Kong and Malawi' in Wei, R. (eds,) Mobile Media, Political Participation, and Civic Activism in Asia. New York: Springer.
  • Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2016). 'The Manifestation of Neoliberalism in Digital Migration: An Extension of Hegemony', Journal of Media Critiques, Vol 2 (7), 35-53. 


  • Morales, P. & Gondwe Harris, S, T. (2024). Epistemic reflexivity: a tool for de-centring pedagogical practices.
  • Gondwe Harris, S, T. (2024) 'The Fear of Critical Race Methodologies in NGO Research (European Journal of Development Research (EJDR)' Special Issue: Race, (Anti-) Racism and Development.
  • Gondwe Harris, S. T. (2024). From Buenos Aires to Brixton: The Influence of Institutional Racism on the Black Press.