I am an Assistant Professor of Social Media, News and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Canada. I began my full time media career in 2002, by serving as a communication officer for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq. I was later promoted to a senior communication officer and spokesperson which involved addressing local and international media as well as representing the ICRC in official meetings. I was also among 20 core staff members chosen to continuously work during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and was lucky to survive the attack on the ICRC headquarters in Baghdad in October 27, 2003 which was carried out with a booby trapped vehicle. I wrote many investigative reports on the various aspects of the humanitarian situation in different parts of Iraq for the ICRC’s website and magazine, Insani. After relocating to Jordan around 2006, I served as a Consultant for the ICRC’s head of delegation in Amman for about a year.
Before being a spokesperson for the ICRC and during my vacations, I worked in 2003-2004 as a freelance radio correspondent for Pacifica Radio Network and Free Speech Radio News based in the USA during which I produced many reports and features. In another three-months break I took from the ICRC in 2005, I taught English for Special Purposes (ESP) at Skyline College in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates. I also served as a freelance journalist for CNN Arabic bureau in Dubai during which I produced several news reports on Iraq for its website that can be found here.
In September 2006, I began my academic career when I started teaching journalism studies and English in the Sultanate of Oman. I became responsible for running the Journalism Department at Sohar University whose academic program is affiliated with Queensland University in Australia. After less than two years, I applied to study for a Ph.D. in media and communication and got enrolled in late 2008 in a Ph.D. program at Leicester University in the UK. Shortly before my Ph.D. viva, I got hired to join the Communication and Media Department at Erasmus University (EUR) in the Netherlands. After staying there for three years and serving as an Assistant Professor, I left and settled in Canada.
In terms of research, I have published 50+ papers and book chapters. My recent research interests are focused on disinformation, social media, global communication, and computational journalism. I am currently learning more about new computational social science methods including the use of R and Python. I have some main research contributions such as news organizations 2.0, online religion, and Iraqi media, and I have published several empirical studies on the Arab Spring in Bahrain, Syria, Oman, and Iraq as well as on women’s social movements and news on social media. My studies appeared in journals like Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Communication, Public Relations Review, Terrorism & Political Violence, International Communication Gazette, Social Science Computer Review, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Also, I have been an editorial board member in the Journal of Popular Culture since 2009, reviewing 29 papers for this journal, and I have blind reviewed research papers for over 50 different academic journals, sometimes more than once.
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