About

Disinformation in Africa Research Group is led by Herman Wasserman (University of Cape Town) and Dani Madrid-Morales (University of Houston). It compares the spread and reception of “fake news” across the continent, and investigates how it affects journalism.

This work is based on the research supported by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Professor Herman Wasserman:

Herman Wasserman is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change. He holds a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and worked as a journalist before starting an academic career.  He has published widely on media in Africa. His books include Tabloid Journalism in South Africa (Indiana University Press), Media, Geopolitics, and Power (University of Illinois Press) and Media, Conflict and Democracy in Africa (Oxford University Press). His co-edited collection (with Dani Madrid-Morales) , Rumors, false news and disinformation in the Global South will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2021. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to more than 50 chapters in books. He has been a visiting scholar at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Tsinghua University in Beijing and has given keynote addresses and invited talks around the world. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. His awards include a Fulbright fellowship, the Georg Foster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and the Neva Prize from St Petersburg State University. Wasserman is Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal African Journalism Studies and Associate Editor of the Annals of the International Communication Association.

Dr Danie Madrid-Morales:

Dr. Madrid-Morales is an assistant professor of journalism in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. He holds a Ph.D. degree in media and communication from City University of Hong Kong, and M.A. degrees in international relations (Freie Universität, Berlin) and contemporary East Asian studies (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). His research falls at the nexus of global media studies, international politics and popular culture, and is geographically focused in the Global South, particularly East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Madrid-Morales’ academic work has been published in top peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism Studies and the International Journal of Communication. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Popmpeu Fabra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and City University of Hong Kong. Before pursuing an academic career, Dr. Madrid-Morales, who is able to communicate in seven languages (in order of proficiency, Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese), worked as a broadcast journalist covering world affairs.