Dr. Caitlin Patrick
Postdoctoral Fellow- Photography & International Conflict Project


Caitlin completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in Canada, specializing in politics, particularly international relations, and modern philosophy.  She undertook her PhD at Durham University’s Geography department in the UK.  Her thesis was entitled Shoot & Capture: Media Representations of US Military Operations in Somalia 1992-93 and Fallujah, Iraq 2004 and involved a discourse and visual analysis of selected American and British print and TV media coverage of the UN/US Somalia intervention in 1992-93.  Coverage of US military involvement in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 provided a contemporary, comparative case study. 

In addition to her PhD work, Caitlin was a research assistant for two photography-based projects that reached outside the traditional academic sphere.  The Imaging Famine project, a photographic exhibition held at The Guardian newspaper’s newsroom gallery, also included a conference attended by news personnel, journalists, academics and policymakers and an educational website- The Visual Economy of HIV/AIDS as a Security Issue project, funded by the Social Science Research Council’s AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative, involved research to assist in the production of a report and complementary website-

Caitlin’s current research interests include: media representation of conflict and violence, the political economy of news media, and the visual economy of media imagery in a world of new and expanding audience consumption practices.