Anam Kuraishi

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Anam Kuraishi



In my work, I develop a theoretical framework contextualised within the ambit of political theory, and ideology and discourse analysis, to present an alternative definition of post-truth discuss it as a phenomenon in relation to discourse. I propose a shift in thinking about post-truth from conflating post-truth to an era and politics to associating post-truth with discourse, and disassociate it from the overemphasis on misinformation and the fixation of post to be something after truth which is inherently negative. I also develop a guide to operationalise the term post-truth to identify post-truth discourse and exemplify it using the case of Pakistan. I identify post-truth electoral discourse in newspaper reporting in Pakistan, and design and implement a vignette survey experiment to measure the influence of post-truth discourse on its acceptance as being truthful. Personal website: Module Development: Scientific Reasoning & Comparative Political Analysis Teaching Assignment: Assistant Lecturer CS316-6 - Democracy in Action (Undergraduate; Autumn 2021 - Spring 2022) GV214- International Relations: Theories and Approaches (Undergraduate; Autumn 2021) Graduate Teaching Assistant (MA Dissertation Support) Graduate Teaching Assistant (Blended Learning) GV252- Discourse, Rhetoric, and Power (Undergraduate; Spring 2021) GV100- Introduction to Politics (Undergraduate; Autmumn 2020) GV103 - Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate; Autumn 2020) GV110 - Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences GV250 - Principles of Social Justice (Undergraduate; Autumn 2020) Graduate Teaching Assistant GV217 - Conflict Analysis (Undergraduate; Spring 2020) GV113 - Cooperation and Conflict (Undergraduate; Spring 2020) GV103 - Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate; Autumn 2019) GV100 - Introduction to Politics (Undergraduate; Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020) Workshops Co-organizer HEROEs/PhD Colloquium, Department of Government, University of Essex (2020 -2021 ) Co-organizer POPE (Public Opinion, Parties, and Elections ) Workshop, Department of Government, University of Essex (2020-2021) Administrative Positions Political Science Association (PSA) South Asia Specialist Group Executive Committee Member Communications Officer (2020-2021) Graduate Teaching Assistant Representative, Department of Government, University of Essex (2019 - 2021) Communications Assistant, Department of Government, University of Essex (2019 -2020)


  • MSc Comparative Politics (Democracy and Democratization) London School of Economics and Political Science (2016)

  • BSc (Honours) Political Science Lahore University of Management Sciences (2015)

Research and professional activities


Working Title: Towards a New Paradigm on Post-Truth: Discourse, Affect and Media

The Oxford Dictionary defines post-truth as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ Despite being labelled as word of the year in 2016, the concept of post-truth has existed in politics for decades, begging the question why the term carries such salience in the current political era. The purpose of this study is three-fold. First, it reconceptualise the concept of post-truth with

Supervisor: Robert Johns , David Howarth

Research interests

Public opinion and electoral behavior in South Asia

Post-truth, discourse and rhetoric

Democracy and democratization



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