I’m a Sociologist and Lecturer with many years of experience in teaching.
I joined the Abertay University in 1995 following a brief career in mainstream teaching.
My research interests are focused on the sociology of political culture and the media. I’m concerned principally with narratives and discourses of politics, conflict and war, and more generally with the social production of these as myth and propaganda.
I also have a broad interest in British and American cultural history and popular culture, and a longstanding interest in the American captivity narrative.
I teach across a number of programmes. These are my current teaching duties and responsibilities -
Level 1 – Introduction to the Sociology of Media (Module Tutor)
Level 2 – News, Truth and Power
Level 2 - Popular Media Genres (Elective, Module Tutor)
Level 3 – Propaganda, PR and Misinformation (Module Tutor)
Level 4 – Death, Killing and Dying
My research interests are primarily in the sociology of political culture and the media, and are concerned principally with narratives and discourses of politics, conflict and war, and more broadly with the social production of these as myth and propaganda. I am very happy to consider student projects and dissertations on representation and discourse with respect to television and newspapers, cinema, films and games. I am interested in war, conflict and society, have a broad interest in British and American cultural history and popular culture, and popular culture genres; and a long stadning interest in the American captivity carrative. I am currently researching the uses and construction of politcal myths in the British tabloid press using the methodological tooklits developed by critical discourse analysis (CDA).
Panay, A (2014) War, Captivitiy and the American Civilising Process on the Colonial Frontier of the Eighteenth Century, American Studies Today Online, available @
Panay, A (2013) ‘The Peculiar Pose of Jessica Lynch’ in Bennett, P and McDougall, Barthes Mythologies Today: Readings of Contemporary Culture, New York: Routledge.
Panay, A (2012) Eschatology and Sacred Errand in Mary Rowlandson’s Sovereignty and Goodness of God. American Studies Today (Issue 21) p8 – 14
Panay, A (2012) ‘God was with me in a wonderful manner’: The Puritan Origins of the Indian Captivity Narrative, American Studies Today Online, available at
Panay, A (2006) “Spinning into semi-reality”: The Captivity Narrative of Jessica Lynch. Media Education Journal (Issue 39) p. 21-24
Panay, A (2004) “Cinema Sets and Techniques” in C.A.Hampstead & W.E. Worthington, eds., Encyclopaedia of Twentieth Century Technology, Volumes 1 & 2, New York: Routledge, ISBN: 1-57958-386-5
Panay, A (2004) From Little Big Man to Little Green Men: The Captivity Scenario in American Culture. European Journal of American Culture, (vol 23, no 3) p.201-p216.