About myself

I am an award winning teacher and an Assistant Professor of Communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I also hold the position of a research fellow at the Media & Communication Department of Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

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 2003.  I wrote many investigative reports on the various aspects of the humanitarian situation in different parts of Iraq for the ICRC Arabic 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 under the supervision of Professor Barrie Gunter. Shortly before finalizing my 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 research interests are focused on social media and global communication as well as popular culture. I have some main research contributions such as news organizations 2.0, online religion, and Iraqi media. One of my research studies on news values and social media which was published in the journal of Journalism has been among the top 10 most read articles in the field of media and communication in the year 2016.

I have published several empirical studies on the Arab Spring in Bahrain, Syria, Oman, and Iraq as well as on women’s social movements, news on social media, and Jihad 3.0. My studies appeared in journals like Information, Communication & Society, Public Relations Review, Terrorism & Political Violence, 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 20+ papers for this journal, and I have blind reviewed research papers for 30+ other academic journals.

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