Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Denis McQuail (12 April 1935 – 25 June 2017)

June 29th, 2017

Staff and students sadly note the death of Professor Denis McQuail, one of the most influential scholars in the field of media and communication studies. Professor McQuail started his career as a researcher at the University of Leeds, where he gained his PhD and worked closely with Jay Blumler at the Centre for Television Research. In 1977 he moved to the University of Amsterdam, where he stayed for the rest of his career.

Professor McQuail’s theoretical contributions fundamentally shaped the development of media and communication research and covered audiences, media policy, the sociological effects of media, and political communication. He was a strong advocate for a scholarly field marked by intellectual rigour, interdisciplinarity and contemporary relevance. He paved the way in all of these areas through his own work, including in the seminal text, McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory (last published in 2010) and in the many journal articles he wrote.

An interview with Professor McQuail, reflecting on his own career, can be found here.

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