Born and raised in the Netherlands, Tabe Bergman attained BA degrees in Journalism and American Studies, and an MA degree in American Studies. He was a freelance journalist, a web editor, and a global news editor with the Associated Press.

After realizing that his true interest lies in researching journalism, he started a PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated in 2013 and was appointed Assistant Professor at Renmin University in Beijing. In 2017 he joined XJTLU. He is the Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communication.

Tabe Bergman has published fifteen book chapters and refereed articles, including 5 single-author articles listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index. He has presented numerous papers at top international conferences.

His first book, The Dutch Media Monopoly, is recommended by the world-leading scholars James Curran, Robert McChesney and Mark Deuze. His third and fourth books are under contract with Routledge.
Tabe Bergman
  • Qualifications

    • PhD, Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
    • MA, American Studies (with distinction), University of Amsterdam, 2007
    • BA, American Studies, Utrecht University, 2003
    • BA, Journalism, Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, 2002
  • Experience

    • Lecturer, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2017-present
    • Assistant professor, Renmin University, 2013-2016
    • Global news editor, Novum Nieuws, 2007-2008
    • Global news editor, Associated Press, 2004-2007
    • Web editor, University of Amsterdam, 2004
  • Research interests

    • Global media; Journalism; Digital media; Propaganda; Political economy of media
  • Articles

    • Bergman, Tabe & Van de Beek, Eric. 2020 (expected). “WMDs all over again? A Dutch quality newspaper on chemical attacks in Syria.” Abstract accepted by Frontiers in Communication (special issue).
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2020. "Extreme moderation? Critical political economy as the blindspot of Dutch Journalism Studies." Democratic Communique Spring 29(1): 97-115.
    • Broudy, Daniel, Bergman, Tabe & Rankin, Ed. 2020, February 20. “Telecom jackboot.” OffGuardian.
    • Wang, Hefei, Wang, Duo, & Bergman, Tabe. 2020. “Redefined epidemiological model predicts COVID-19 spread in Mainland China and South Korea.” Preprint with The Lancet.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. "What mainstream journalism unfortunately is and does and why that still matters: a reply to Mark Deuze." Synaesthesia: Communication across Cultures Autumn: 12-14.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “‘Old-new’ directions for political communication: taking Michael Parenti’s media criticism as a guide.” Frontiers in Communication 4:1-5.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “The problem or the solution? Reflections on ‘the public’ in the works of Noam Chomsky and Walter Lippmann.” Synaesthesia: Communication across Cultures 1(4): 159-166.
    • Wu, Shangwei and Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “An active, resistant audience – but in whose interest? Online discussions on Chinese TV dramas as maintaining dominant ideology.” Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 16(1): 107-129.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “Fixing the problems of politics and media as usual: not with a media revolution, but ending economic insecurity.” Brave New Europe.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Scholars’ self-serving internet obsession should give way to debunking media myths – especially the one about the internet being so very, very important.” Synaesthesia: Communication across Cultures Spring: 3-7.
    • Bergman, Tabe, 2018. “Kurt Baschwitz: a pioneer of communication studies and social psychology.” Journal of International Communication 24(2): 326-328.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Media, propaganda and the politics of intervention.” European Journal of Communication 33: 242–244.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Kurt Baschwitz – pionier van communicatieonderzoek – wie kent hem nog?” [Kurt Baschwitz – pioneer of communication research – who still remembers him?] De Nieuwe Reporter
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2017. “Prophet, gadfly, polemicist, conscience of America? The US press versus Noam Chomsky.” Journalism Studies 18(11): 1453-1469.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2014. “The case for a Dutch propaganda model.” International Journal of Communication 8: 2298-2317.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2014. “Following Washington’s lead: the Dutch press on the run-up to the war in Iraq.” International Communication Gazette 76(2): 109-127.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2014. “The Dutch media monopoly kills journalism in the Netherlands.” Open Democracy.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Liberal or radical? Rethinking Dutch media history.” Javnost-The Public 3: 93-108.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Relevant but long since absent: re-establishing a political economy of the Dutch media.” International Journal of Communication 7: 722-740.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Mediamonopolie bedreigt journalistiek en democratie” [Media monopoly threatens journalism and democracy]. Ravage.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “De privatisering van de journalistiek is het probleem, niet de oplossing” [Privatization of journalism is the problem, not the solution]. De Nieuwe Reporter.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Onterecht vergeten: de kritische blik op de Nederlandse media” [Unjustly forgotten: the critical take on the Dutch media]. De Nieuwe Reporter.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2011. “Polite conquest? The New York Times and The Nation on the American occupation of Haiti.” Journal of Haitian Studies 2: 33-49.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2011. “Alleen onderzoeksjournalistiek is echte journalistiek” [Only investigative journalism counts as real journalism]. De Nieuwe Reporter.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2009. “No law: intellectual property in the image of an absolute First Amendment.” International Journal of Communication 3: 821-824.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2009. “On misconceptions and other misdemeanours: the case for abolishing the term anti-Americanism.” American Studies Today Online, March.
  • Proceedings

    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Rethinking a ‘hypocritical prophet’: the partial revisionism of Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy by three liberal historians.” Revisioning America: history, myth, and reality: proceedings of the 53rd ASAK International Conference: 48-57.
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Bergman, Tabe. 2022 (expected). Bad press? Global media debates on Noam Chomsky. London: Routledge.
    • Hearns Branaman, Jesse Owen and Bergman, Tabe (eds.). 2021 (expected). Journalism and foreign policy. London: Routledge.
    • Bergman, Tabe and Eric van de Beek (eds.). 2018. Nepnieuwsexplosie: desinformatie in de Nederlandse media [Fake news explosion: disinformation in the Dutch media]. Groningen: De Blauwe Tijger.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2014. The Dutch media monopoly: a political-economic analysis of the crisis in journalism in the Netherlands. Amsterdam: VU University Press.
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Bergman, Tabe. 2020. "Critical political economy and content analysis: a fraught but crucial relationship." In S. Bulut and S. Karlidag (eds.), Handbook of Research on the Political Economy of Communications and Media: 242-255. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “American television: manufacturing consumerism.” In: Pedro-Caranana, Joan, Broudy, Daniel, and Klaehn, Jeffery (eds.). The propaganda model today: filtering perception and awareness: 159-172. London: University of Westminster Press.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Nieuws als product: hoe de commercie de journalistiek vernielt” [News as product: how commerce destroys journalism]. In: Bergman, Tabe and Eric van de Beek (eds.). Nepnieuwsexplosie: desinformatie in de Nederlandse media: 19-37. Groningen: De Blauwe Tijger.
    • Beek, Eric van de, and Tabe Bergman. 2018. “Inleiding: ‘You are fake news!’” In Bergman, Tabe, and Eric van de Beek (eds.). Nepnieuwsexplosie: desinformatie in de Nederlandse media: 7-17. Groningen: De Blauwe Tijger.
  • Conference presentations

    • Bergman, Tabe. 2021 (accepted). “A new method for critical political economy in times of crisis.” Multidisciplinary Approaches to Political Discourse Conference at the University of Liverpool. Liverpool, June.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2020. "'Britney Spears stumbles, nearly drops baby’: practice-informed reflections on political economy’s intangible meso-level of analysis." International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Online, July.
    • Bergman, Tabe. Panel chair. 2020. “Journalism as a profession: concepts and roles.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Online, July.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “Trump in the Chinese media: a content analysis.” Future of the Humanities at Duke Kunshan University. Kunshan, September.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “From Europe with love? A comparison of the treatment of Noam Chomsky in a progressive Dutch newspaper and the New York Times.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Madrid, July.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “Liberals like you: a mirror theory of China’s English-language media.” United International College. Zhuhai, April.
    • Liu, Fangyuan, Li, Hejunchao, Huang, Jiahui, Kuang, Xianwen, and Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “Different readers, different messages? Comparing the People’s Daily and China Daily on presidential candidate Donald Trump.” Third Annual Jiangnan Conference on China Studies. Ningbo, April. (forthcoming)
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2019. “American TV: manufacturing consumerism.” The Fourth Audio and Visual Communication Summit of the Global Rhetoric Association – Audio and Visual Communication. Ningbo, April.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Rethinking a prophet: the partial revisionism of Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy by three liberal historians.” American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK). Seoul, September.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “Death by 1,000 budget cuts? Media discourse on budget reductions for Dutch public broadcasting.” IAMCR Post-conference on public broadcasting. Eugene, OR, June.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2018. “The neglect of critical political economy in democratic-corporatist countries: assessing Dutch Journalism Studies.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Eugene, OR, June.
    • Mekonnnen, Elshaday Gebeyehu and Tabe Bergman. 2018. “Starving the truth about famine: propaganda techniques in two Ethiopian newspapers in 1974.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Eugene, OR, June.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2017. “People just like you: A mirror theory of China’s English-language journalism.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Cartagena, Colombia, July.
    • Bergman, Tabe. Panel chair. 2017. “Journalism Coverage II.” International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Cartagena, Colombia, July.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2017. “A huge talk on Donald Trump and the Global Times.” XJTLU research talk. Suzhou, China, April.
    • Wu, Shangwei and Tabe Bergman. 2016. “Making history together: Derogatory online comments on Chinese mythic plays as echoes of hegemonic discourse.” International Communication Association (ICA). Fukuoka, Japan, June.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2015. “Diverging emphasis: Power as an explanatory factor for media behaviour in American vs. Dutch Media Studies.” MediAsia. Kobe, Japan, November.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Liberal or radical? Rethinking Dutch media history.” National Communication Association (NCA). Washington DC, November.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2013. “Euros over citizens: The Dutch press’s narrow conception of democracy.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Washington DC, August.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2012. “Digital media, journalism and democracy in the Netherlands.” Union for Democratic Communications (UDC). Tallahassee, FL, May.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2012. “The uses of ‘genocide’ in the Dutch and American press.” University of Illinois Communications Collaboration Conference. Springfield, IL, April.
    • Bergman, Tabe, 2011. “Gadfly of the American Conscience: The New York Times on Noam Chomsky. University of Illinois Communications Collaboration Conference. Urbana, IL, April.
    • Bergman, Tabe. 2007. “The end of anti-Americanism as a concept.” Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA). Utrecht, the Netherlands, February.
  • Grants

    • Research Development Fund, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, $8,000, December 2019
    • Summer student research grant (with Xianwen Kuang), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: $400, May 2018
    • Conference travel grant, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: $2,000, June 2018
    • Conference travel grant, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: $2,500, June 2017
    • Faculty research grant, Renmin University: $10,000, November 2014
    • New faculty research grant, Renmin University: $8,000, October 2013
    • Conference travel grant, University of Illinois: $300, July 2012
    • Conference travel grant, Union for Democratic Communications: $300, May 2012
    • Summer research grant, University of Illinois: $700, June 2012
    • Summer research grant, University of Illinois: $800, June 2011
  • Professional service activities

    • Programme Director, MSc Media and Communication, from September 2020
    • Deputy Head, Department of Media and Communication, May 2020 to present
    • Co-chair of the BA Communication Studies Curriculum Review Committee, August 2019 to April 2020
    • Year 4 Leader of the BA Communication Studies, August 2019 to present
    • Member of the Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee, September 2017 to August 2020
    • Member of XJTLU's Research Funding Sub-committee, September 2017 to August 2019
    • Global Engagement Officer, October 2018 to August 2019
    • Year 3 Leader of the BA Communication Studies, September 2017 to July 2019
  • Teaching activities

    • Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with distinction), University of Liverpool, 2018
    • Summer school in International Higher Education, Queen Mary University of London, 2018
  • Courses taught

    • COM406 Research Methods in Communication
    • COM305 Final Year Project: Communication Studies
    • COM210 Global Journalism
    • COM201 Media Theory
    • COM112 Investigative Journalism
    • COM105 Journalism: Theory and Practice
  • Professional memberships

    • Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Political Communication, October 2018 to present
    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA), July 2018 to present
    • Member, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), February 2016 to present
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8188 4762
  • Email
  • Address

    Department of Media and Communication
    Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room HS313
    South Campus
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park