Personal Details:

Name: Ahmed Al-Rawi

Languages: Arabic (native), English (fluent), Dutch (basic), French (basic)



  • 2008-2012 – Ph.D., Media & Communication Studies, University of Leicester, UK.
  • 1999-2004 – Ph.D. in English Literature, College of Arts, Baghdad University, Iraq.
  • 1997-1999 – M.A., English Literature, College of Arts, Baghdad University, Iraq.
  • 1994-1997 – B.A., English Language & Literature, Al-Ma’mon University College, Baghdad, Iraq. (Cum Laude)


Work History:

  • 2015–2018, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Courses taught include:

  1. Communication, Democracy, & Power (Ph.D.)
  2. Introduction to Communication Theory & History (Diploma)
  3. Media Criticism
  4. Media & Terrorism
  5. Media & Cultural Context
  6. Media Literacy
  7. Advanced Seminar in Cultural Studies
  8. Youth & Media
  • Guest lectures:
  1. “Social media & terrorism research” a lecture for the Ph.D. Integrative Seminar, (2017).
  • Administrative duties:
  1. BA program committee (member)
  2. Communication Studies’ website committee (member)
  • Selected to take part in a pilot project on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which focuses on re-designing curriculum to better address the various educational needs of students, especially those with learning disabilities.


  • 2014–2015, College Professor, Department of Communications, Okanagan College, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Courses taught include:

  1. Introduction to Mass Communication
  2. Communication in the Everyday
  3. Introduction to Journalism Studies
  4. Professional Writing I & II


  • 2013-2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands:
  • Courses taught include:
  1. International Journalism (MA)
  2. Global Advertising
  3. Advertising Strategies of Major Corporations (BA thesis)
  4. International and global communication (BA thesis)
  5. Communication as a Social Force
  6. International Journalism
  7. Information & Communication Skills
  8. Communication Ethics
  9. Introduction to Human Communication
  • Supervision of 7 M.A. theses on various topics (please see the section on Graduate Students below).
  • Supervision of 27 BA theses on global issues in international journalism as well as advertising.
  • Received the Basiskwalificatietraject Onderwijs – Basic Teaching qualification Certificate (BKO) from Risbo (June 2013- March 2014). This is the teaching certificate that qualifies academics to teach at universities in the Netherlands.
  • Guest lectures:
  1. “Global Advertising”. A lecture for the Media and Communication Department during the Erasmus Open Day event for prospective students, February 1, 2014.
  2. “Communication Ethics”, 3rd year students (3 times in 2012, 2013, & 2014).
  3. “Media in Comparative Perspectives”, 1st year students. The presentation was on “Media systems in the Arab world” (2 times in 2012 & 2013).
  4. “Media Campaigns”. A lecture entitled “The anti-terrorist public media campaigns in the Middle East” (seminar, 2013)
  5. “International Journalism”, discussant and guest lecture for a roundtable discussion on media practices and foreign correspondents in three regions (Middle East, Latin America, and West Africa) – (2014).


  • 2011-2013, Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Please see above).


  • 2010-2011, co-Investigator, Sohar University, Sohar, Sultanate of Oman. Served as a full-time researcher on a research on Omani women’s traditional tales. For more details, see the section on ‘Research Grants’.


  • 2009-2010, Lecturer, Rustaq College of Applied Sciences, Department of English Language and Literature, Rustaq, Sultanate of Oman.
  • Courses taught include:
  1. Language through the Arts
  2. Children’s Literature
  3. Academic Writing


  • 2006-2008, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sohar University, Sohar, Sultanate of Oman.
  • Coordinator of the Journalism & Communication Department from 2006-2007, which included following up & coordinating the academic and administrative duties in line with its affiliated media program with Queensland University in Australia.
  • Courses taught include:
  1. Introduction to Journalism & Mass Communication A & B
  2. Crossing Bridges: Communication across Cultures
  3. Debating & Communication
  4. Academic Writing


  • 2005, ESP Lecturer, (June to August), Skyline University College, Sharjah, The United Arab Emirates.
  • English for Special Purpose (ESP).


  • 2002-2006, Spokesperson (Communication officer) & later Consultant, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Baghdad, Iraq & Amman, Jordan.
  • Interviewed by various international, regional, and local media outlets in English and Arabic.
  • Supervising and editing two children’s magazines: Sindibad Baghdad (Ministry of Culture) and Hilal (Iraqi Red Crescent Society).
  • Setting, organizing, and following up seminars and workshops for journalists and active non-governmental agencies.


  • 2003-2004, Correspondent, (Freelance) Free Speech Radio News & Pacifica Network Radio, USA based radios.
  • Conducting interviews and covering events.
  • Producing features and daily headlines.


  • 1995-‏1997, Translator, (Freelance) Iraq National Television, Baghdad, Iraq. Translating films and TV documentaries.




Karim, K., & Al-Rawi, A. (Eds.) (2018). Diaspora and Media in Europe: Migration, Identity, and Integration. London: Springer/Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Islam on YouTube: Online debates, protests and extremism. London: Springer/Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A. (2012). Media practice in Iraq. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A. (ed.) (2006). Khalid Habib Al-Rawi: The complete literary works. Introduced by A. Al-Rawi. Baghdad: Ekal Printing House. (In Arabic – 512 pages).


Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Viral news on social media. Digital Journalism, 1-33.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Exploring AIDS epidemic in the MENA region using Internet-based searches. First Monday. 22(10), 1-20.

Al-Rawi, A., Jiwani, Y. (2017). Mediated conflict: Shiite heroes combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Communication, Culture, and Critique. 10(4), 675-695.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Facebook and virtual nationhood: Social media & the “Arab Canadian” online community. AI & Society. 1-33.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Online political activism in Syria: Sentiment analysis of social media. Sage Research Studies Cases, 1-25.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Assessing Public sentiments and news preferences on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. International Communication Gazette, 79(1), 1-32.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Audience preferences of news stories on social
. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 6(2), 343-367.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). The Rukh in Arabic culture: A linguistics and literary examination. Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic. 50(1), 1-20.

Al-Rawi, A. (2017). News organizations 2.0: A comparative study of Twitter news. Journalism Practice. 11(6), 705-720.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Video games, terrorism & ISIS’s Jihad 3.0. Terrorism & Political Violence. 28(4), 1-35.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Negotiating war on TV series: A cross-national comparative study of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 7(1), 1-22.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Understanding the social media audiences of radio stations. Journal of Radio & Audio Media. 23(1), 50-67.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Facebook as a virtual mosque: The online protest against Innocence of Muslims. Culture & Religion, 17(1), 1-23.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Anti-ISIS humor: Cultural resistance of extremist ideology. Politics, Religion & Ideology. 17(1), 1-25.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). News values on social media: News organizations’ Facebook use. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 17(3), 1-19.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The post-colonial novels of Desmond Stewart & Ethel Mannin. Contemporary Arab Affairs. 9(4),1-27.

Groshek, J. & Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Anti-austerity in the Eurocrisis: Modeling protest movements through online-mobile-social media use and content. International Journal of Communication, 9, 3280-3303.

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). International media organizations’ role in assisting the media sector in Iraq after 2003. Global Media Journal, 13(25), 1-15.

Al-Rawi, A. & Groshek, J. (2015). Arab Iranians and their social media use. CyberOrient, 9(2).

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Online Reactions to the Muhammed Cartoons: YouTube and the virtual Ummah. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(2), 1-30.

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). The Rukh and the influence of Chinese mythology. International Communication of Chinese Culture, 2(3), 223-233.

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Sectarianism and the Arab Spring: Framing the popular protests in Bahrain. Global Media and Communication, 11(1), 25-42.

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). The representation of September 11th and American Islamophobia in non-Western cinema. Media, War & Conflict, 7(2), 152-164.

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Cyber warriors in the Middle East: The case of the Syrian Electronic Army. Public Relations Review, 40(3), 420-428.

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). The Arab Spring and online protests in Iraq. International Journal of Communication, 8, 916-942.

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Framing the online women’s movements in the Arab world. Information, Communication & Society, 17(4), 1-25.

Groshek, J. & Al-Rawi, A. (2013). Public sentiment and critical framing in social media content during the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Social Science Computer Review, 31(5), 563-576.

Al-Rawi, A. & Gunter, B. (2013). News coverage of the 2010 Iraqi general election. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 6(1). 19-34.

Al-Rawi, A. (2013). The anti-terrorist advertising campaigns in the Middle East. Journal of International Communication, 19(2), 182-195.

Al-Rawi, A. & Gunter, B. (2013). Iraqi TV channels coverage of political candidates during the 2010 general election. Journal of Middle East Media. 9(1), 69-94.

Al-Rawi, A. (2013). The US role in shaping Iraq’s sectarian media. International Communication Gazette, 75(4), 374-391.

Al-Rawi, A. (2012). The Religious connotation of the Islamic dragon. Fabula: Journal of Folktale Studies, 53(4), 82-93.

Al-Rawi, A. (2010). The challenges and predicaments of Iraqi women journalists. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 3(3), 223-236.

Al-Rawi, A. (2010). Charles Perrault’s ‘Le Petit Poucet’ and its possible Arabic influences. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 48(1), 31-41.

Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The mythical ghoul in Arabic culture. Cultural Analysis, 8, 45-65.

Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The Arabic ghoul and its western transformation. Folklore, 120(3), 291-306.

Al-Rawi, A. (2009). ‘Valley of the Wolves’ as representative of Turkish popular attitudes toward Iraq. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 3(1), 75-84.

Al-Rawi, A. (2009). John Buchan the orientalist: Greenmantle and Western views of the East. Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 10(2).

Al-Rawi, A. (2008). The portrayal of the East vs. the West in Lady Mary Montagu’s letters and Emily Ruete’s memoirs. Arab Studies Quarterly, 30(1), 15-30.

Al-Rawi, A. (2008). Iraqi stereotypes in American culture: The case of films and video games. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 2(2), 225-250.

Al-Rawi, A. (2007). Manipulating Muslims in John Buchan’s Greenmantle and A.J. Quinnell’s The Mahdi: A pattern of consistency. The John Buchan Journal, 36, 18-32.

Book chapters:

Al-Rawi, A., & Consalvo, M. (2018, forthcoming). Video game engagement on social media in the Middle East. In Phillip Penix-Tadsen (Ed.). Gaming Beyond the Digital Divide: Video Games and Game Cultures of the Global South (pp. 1-35).

Al-Rawi, A. (2018). Social media & the 2014 hostilities in Iraq. In Juliet Dee (Ed.). From Tahrir Square to Ferguson: Social networks as facilitators of social movements (pp. 1-30). New York: Peter Lang.

Al-Rawi, A., & Fahmy, S. (2018). Social media use in the diaspora: The case of the Syrian community in Italy. In K. Karim & A. Al-Rawi (Eds.). Diaspora and Media in Europe: Migration, Identity, and Integration (pp. 1-35). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Digital media literacy & its role in countering division and enhancing national identity in the Arab world. In J. Singh, P. Kerr & E. Hamburger (Eds.). Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism, (pp. 291-298). Paris: UNESCO.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The 2011 popular protests in the Sultanate of Oman. In Aziz Douai Mohamed Ben Moussa (Eds.). Mediated identities and new journalism in the Arab world: Mapping the “Arab Spring”. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The online response to the Quran burning incidents. In Noha Mellor & Khalil Rinnawi (Eds.). Political Islam and Global Media: The Boundaries of Religious Identity (pp. 105-121). London: Routledge.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Framing the online women’s movements in the Arab world. In F. Gocek (ed.). Women of the Middle East, vol. II. London: Routledge.

Al-Rawi, A. (2016). John Buchan’s British designed Jihad in Greenmantle. In Erik-Jan Zürcher (ed.). Jihad and Islam in World War I: Studies on the Ottoman Jihad at the centenary of Snouck Hurgronje’s “Holy War Made in Germany (pp. 329-345). Leiden: Leiden University Press.

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Two Muslim travelers to the West in the nineteenth century. In Anne Richards & Iraj Omidvar (Eds.). Historic Engagements with Occidental Cultures, Religions, Powers (pp. 111-129). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Al-Rawi, A.  & Gunter, Barrie. (2013). News in Iraq. In Barrie Gunter & Roger Dickinson (Eds.). News media in the Arab world: A study of 10 Arab and Muslim countries (pp. 41-64). New York: Bloomsbury.

Al-Rawi, A. (2012). Foreign policy and its impact on Arab stereotypes in English popular fiction of the 1970s and 1980s. In Christopher Flood, Stephen Hutchings, Henri Nickels and Galina Miazhevich (Eds.). Political and cultural representations of Muslims (pp. 147-166). Leiden: Brill Publishing.

Al-Rawi, A. (2012). ‘Campaign of Truth Program’: US propaganda in Iraq during the early 1950s. In Philip Muehlenbeck (ed.) Religion and the Cold War: A global perspective (pp. 113-138). Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press.

Al-Rawi, A. (2010). Conspirator or corroborator? Nazi Arab villainy in popular fiction. (2010). In Maartje Abbenhuis & Sara Buttsworth (Eds.). Monsters in the mirror: Representations of Nazism in post-war popular culture (pp. 155-177). New York: Praeger International.

Roche, T. & Al-Rawi, A. (2009). Sources of error in Arab students’ academic English writing: The case of rhetoric. In T. Roche (ed.). Orientations in language learning and translation (pp. 27-40). Muscat: Al Falaj Press.

Al-Bakaa, M. & Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The challenge of machine translation. In T. Roche (ed.). Orientations in language learning and translation (pp. 223-228). Muscat: Al Falaj Press.

Al-Rawi, A. (2009). Islam and the East in John Buchan’s novels. In Kate MacDonald (ed.). Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond the 39 steps (pp. 117-128). London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

Book reviews:

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). [Review of the book Re-imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections, by M. Eid & K. Karim (Eds.)]. Canadian Journal of Communication, 4(4), 755-757.

Al-Rawi, A. (2015). [Review of the book Media framing of the Muslim world: Conflict, crises, and contexts, by H. Rane, J. Ewart & J. Martinkus]. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 11(1), 135-137.

Articles in referred conference proceedings:

Al-Rawi, A. (2013). The Ethical dimension of the anti-violence and anti-terrorist advertising campaigns in the Middle East. In Juan Villegas, Alba Berenguer, and Othman Haddach (Eds.). Seville University, Spain. April, (pp. 156-168) (ISBN: 978-84-9031-429-6).

Selected Journalistic Writings:


Other publications:

Small Media. (2015). National Fabric: Iran’s Ethnic Minorities. Bronwen Robertson (ed.). London. Retrieved from https://smallmedia.org.uk

Al-Rawi, A. (2014). The first description of dinosaurs’ fossils. Deposits: International Rock & Fossil Magazine38, 42-43.

Al-Rawi, A. (2010). Comment on Blenkiron’s character in Greenmantle. The John Buchan Journal, 41, 28-9.

Al-Rawi, A. (2007). Carl Sandburg’s treatment of the American city in a selection of his poetry. Journal of the College of Languages, 10, 1-12.

Al-Rawi, A. (2005). D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover contribution to Huxley’s Brave New World. College of Arts Journal, 67(2).

Al-Rawi, A. (2005). William Blake’s vision of slavery and the emancipation of women in ‘The Visions of the Daughters of Albion’. Journal of the College of Languages, 14, 64-85.

Reiss-Koncar, D. & Al-Rawi, A. (2003). Bandaging Baghdad. Revolution: The Journal for RNs & Patient Advocacy, 4(4), 18-25.

Al-Rawi, A. (2002). The matter between illusion and reality. Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, 25(3), 143-147.

Al-Rawi, A. (2001). The theme of the oppressor and the oppressed in a selection of Stephen Spender’s poetry. Al-Austath, 27(2).

Al-Rawi, A. (2001). Edward Fitzgerald’s translations deviations in his ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’. Al-Austath, 26(2).

Al-Rawi, A. (2001). Sexual relations and parapsychology: Looking for an altered state of consciousness. Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, 24(4), 201-208.

Invited workshops, courses & seminars:

“Social media branding across cultures”, Workshop presented to Ph.D. and M.A. students from Monterrey Institute of Technology & Higher Education at the Language & Intercultural Communication, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 3, 2017.

“Intercultural Communication & Globalization”, a summer course offered to Korean students at the Language & Intercultural Communication, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, June – August 2017.

“Social media branding”. Workshop presented to students ambassadors from Monterrey Institute of Technology & Higher Education at the Language & Intercultural Communication, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, July 12, 2017.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Workshop presented to students ambassadors from Monterrey Institute of Technology & Higher Education at the Language & Intercultural Communication, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, July 10, 2017.

“Fake news & the war on mainstream media”. Workshop presented to university professors from Monterrey Institute of Technology & Higher Education at the Language & Intercultural Communication, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, July 5, 2017.

“International media development in the Arab world”. Lecture presented for the MA program of International Communication at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada, October 3, 2016.

“Islam & Jihad in John Buchan’s Greenmantle”. In “Jihad and other uses of Islam in World War I: Instrumentalization of religion by the Ottoman Empire, its allies and its enemies”. Kindly presented by Prof. Erik-Jan Zürcher. Center for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and the Middle East Studies department, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 13-14 November 2014.

“Pan-Arab media channels and the Conflict in Syria”. Lecture presented for the MA program, ‘Violent Conflict, Media and the Politics of Representation’, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands, May 9, 2014.

“Islam online: Social Media in the Arab World”. Lecture presented for Leiden Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), Leiden University, The Netherlands, October 10, 2013.

Presented workshops as well as trained junior Arab academics and journalists on media literacy. I helped in launching the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut and delivered the keynote lecture on Arab mainstream and social media and politics. The Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut was sponsored by the Open Society Foundation and The American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon, August 12-28, 2013 (All expenses were covered by AUB).

“The Pluralist Ethno-Sectarian Iraqi Media after 2003”, a keynote presentation for the seminar “Iraq 10 years after: Lessons from 10 years of international involvement in Iraq” at Clingendael: Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague, The Netherlands, May 27, 2013. The seminar was organized by Clingendael, Free Press Unlimited, Hivos and IKV Pax Christi.

“Al-Jazeera and Al Arabyia Channels Coverage of the Conflict in Syria”. Lecture presented for the MA program, ‘Violent Conflict, Media and the Politics of Representation’, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands, May 10, 2013.

“Media System in Iraq”. Lecture presented at Amsterdam University College (Journalism Program), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 10, 2012.

“Al-Jazeera Channel and Media Practice in the Middle East”. Lecture presented for the MA program, ‘Violent Conflict, Media and the Politics of Representation’, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands, July 5, 2012.

Popular Fiction and the Use of Arab Stereotypes”. Lecture presented at Sultan Qaboos University, Department of English Language and Literature, November 4, 2009.

“The Poetry of Ali Mehdi: A Seminar”. A seminar organized and presented at Majan University College, Muscat, Oman, April 15, 2009.


Conference participation:

“ISIS & the Role of Media in State Building”. In the Third International Symposium on Teaching about Extremism, Terror and Trauma. Department of Education, Concordia University, Montreal, September 25-27, 2017.

“Social Media Use in the Diaspora: The Case of the Syrian Community in Italy”. With Shahira Fahmy. In 4th Annual International Conference on Social Sciences, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Greece, July 24-27, 2017.

“Mapping Arab Canadian Media: Historical and Critical Assessment”. In Intellectual and Artistic Contributions of Arab Canadians Symposium organized by the Arab Canadian Research Group (ACANS), Ottawa University, Canada, September 25, 2015.

“Arab Canadians’ social media use”. In ‘Home/Land: Transnationalism, Identity and Arab Canadians’ Symposium funded by SSHRC and organized by the Arab Canadian Research Group (ACANS), York University, Canada, March 5-6, 2014 (all expenses (flight & accommodation) were covered by the Symposium’s organizers).

“The Internet, Public Opinion, and Mobilization: Comparing the Zhu Ling Case in China with Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Case in Bahrain”. With Yuping Mao in ‘Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East’, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, January 23-24, 2014 (all expenses (flight & accommodation) were covered by the conference organizers for one speaker).

“‘TV series and the Iraq War: “Generation Kill”, “Occupation”, and “Relatively Calm”’. Media, War and Conflict Fifth Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 12-13, 2013.

“The Ethical Dimension of the Anti-Violence and Anti-Terrorist advertising Campaigns in the Middle East”. II International Communication Ethics Conference, Seville University, Spain, April 3-5, 2013.

“The Arab Spring in Bahrain: Vlogging and the Sectarian Dimension”. ‘Audiences, media environments and democratization after the Arab Spring’ Conference. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, London, UK. February 28- March 1, 2013.

“Eastern Cinematic Productions of US Islamophobia after 9/11”. II International Conference of Media, Religion, and Culture, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, July 8-12, 2012.

“The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring: The Case of Iraq”. ‘Media, Youth Subcultures and the Politics of Resistance in the Arab World Conference’, Westminster University, London, UK, April 20, 2012.

The Arab Character in the Novels of Desmond Stewart and Ethel Mannin“. Second International Conference, ‘Centering the Marginal, Stretching the Boundaries’, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, March 10-12, 2010.

The Image of Arab Muslims in the 1970-80s English Popular Fiction: Clash of Cultures or Religions?” The International Conference, Representing Islam: Comparative Perspectives, University of Manchester, UK, September 5-6, 2008.


Teaching awards:

  • Received the “Most Inspiring Teacher” award during an event organized by IBCOM students and the Department of Media & Communication on May 1, 2014.
  • Selected as the “Best Lecturer” in the Department of Media & Communication in the academic year 2012-2013 and was nominated as “Best Lecturer” at the University level.
  • Selected by IBCOM students who graduated in the years 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 as the lecturer whom they mostly wanted to be highlighted during the graduation ceremony. In 2013, I was selected among the two “lecturers who inspired students the most”.


Research Grants:

2017-2019– Collaborator, Daesh Discourse of Terror, Recruitment of Supporters, and Adaptive Use of Emojis on Twitter, Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $60,000.

2014-2021– Collaborator, Research on terrorism, security and society in Canada:  A collaborative approach. Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $2,150,000.

2014- 2015– Principal investigator, The International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of the International Security and Intelligence Bureau at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), Ottawa, Canada. “Iraq at the crossroads: Moving forward for peace and reconciliation”, $5,000.

2014-2015– Principal investigator, Okanagan College, BC, Canada – Grant in Aid (GIA). “Addressing the ICT & Information needs of Aboriginal students at Okanagan College”, $2,000.

2009-2010 Co-investigator, Oman Research Council, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. “Inter-weavings: Omani women’s folklore’. I worked full time researcher and wrote Omani Women’s Folktales (80,000 words), 39,420 Omani Rials, $105,000.

Membership in Professional Academic Associations:

  • Research Fellow, Department of Media & Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 2014.
  • Senior Research Fellow, The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands, since 2013.
  • Senior Research Affiliate, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society, University of British Columbia, Canada, since 2014.
  • Affiliate Member, Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 2013.
  • Associate Member, Netherlands School of Communication Research (NeSCOR), since 2013.
  • Founding Member,Media & Digital Literacy Academy in Beirut, Lebanese American University, Lebanon, since 2013.
  • The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Member, since 2010.


Graduate students’ supervision:

As direct supervisor:


As advisor (co-supervisor):

  • Serving as an advisor for a Ph.D. study entitled ‘Twitter’s Effect on Political Dialogue within and among the GCC’. The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies, the Australian National University in Australia (2014-ongoing).

As external examiner:

  • A Ph.D. thesis entitled “The Role of Public Relations and Public Diplomacy in Building Relationships between Libya and Italy in the Gaddafi and Post-Gaddafi Era”. Northumbria University, UK, (January, 2018).
  • An MA thesis entitled “Who is in the Driver’s Seat when it comes to the use of Twitter by a Select Group of Montreal Sports Journalists?” Department of Journalism, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (August, 2017).
  • A Ph.D. thesis proposal entitled “Cultural Politics & Politics of Culture in Iran”. Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada (May, 2016).
  • A Ph.D. thesis entitled “Terrorism and corruption: A stylistic study of images and metaphors in selected Iraqi mass media texts”. University of New England, Australia (January, 2016).
  • An MA thesis entitled “Guilt & Shame appeals in advertising”. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (June 2014).
  • A Ph.D. thesis’ proposal entitled “Cinematic Representation of Gender and Sexuality in Liberation War Movies of Bangladesh (1971 – 2012)”. The Institute of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands (July, 2013).
  • A Ph.D. thesis entitled “BBC and Al Jazeera coverage of ‘Islam & Democracy’: A study of the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election”. The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, The Australian National University, Australia (August, 2012).
  • A Ph.D. thesis’ proposal entitled “Overcoming Factionalism in Palestinian Satellite TV: The case of Palestine Satellite Channel and Al Aqsa Satellite Channel”. The Institute of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands (December 2011).


Other Scholarly & Professional Activities:

  • Serving as an editorial board member in the ISI ranked Journal of Popular Culture since 2009. I blind reviewed over 25 research papers throughout the previous years.
  • Reviewed a major SAGE Publications textbook on media and communication studies in mid-2015.
  • Blind reviewed research papers submitted to the following academic journals:


  • Communication Research (2017 & 2018),
  • British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2018),
  • Big Data & Society (2017),
  • Feminist Media Studies (2017),
  • International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2017),
  • Computers in Human Behavior (2017 & 2016),
  • Communication, Culture and Critique (2017 & 2013),
  • Terrorism and Political Violence (2017),
  • International Communication Gazette (2017),
  • Media and Communication (2017),
  • New Media & Society (2016),
  • Aids and Behavior (2016),
  • Social Science Computer Review (2016),
  • Journal of Information Technology & Politics (2016),
  • Convergence (2016),
  • Politics, Religion & Ideology (2016),
  • Culture and Religion (2016),
  • Western Folklore (2016),
  • Middle East Inquiry (2016),
  • Journal of Historical Fictions (2016),
  • International Journal of Press/Politics (2015),
  • Sociological Forum (2015),
  • Mosaic: A journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature (2015),
  • Sage Open (2015),
  • Woman’s Studies International Forum (2015),
  • Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition (2015),
  • Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace (2014),
  • Journal of African Media Studies (2014),
  • Information, Communication & Society (2014 & 2013),
  • Mass Communication & Society (2014),
  • Media, War & Conflict (2014),
  • Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (2014),
  • Victorian Periodicals Review (2014),
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (2013),
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (2012),


  • Served as an ‘Article Editor’ for the journal of SAGE Open (2016).
  • Served as member of the International Scientific Advisory Board to review abstracts for the conference: “Streaming Ourselves Back to Life? Online Social Television across Perspectives.” Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University, USA, April 20-21, 2016.
  • Reviewed paper presentation proposals for the ‘Colloque du Doctorat Conjoint en Communication’, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada, February 2-3, 2017.
  • Served as member of the preliminary review committee to review Ph.D. applications submitted to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, 2017-2018.


Community service & other public activities:

  • Delivered a keynote speech on media literacy in Iraq and its role in peace building. Iraqi Students’ Association, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, April 5, 2017.
  • Delivered a speech and participated in a public debate on the role of social media in raising awareness about children in conflicts with emphasis on Syria. Aide internationale pour l’enfance / Children’s Care International, centre-ville de Longueuil, Canada, November 24, 2016.
  • Served as a jury member for the Better Awards international competition in humanitarian projects. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 2015.
  • Served as a jury member for the Advertising Day competition event that was organized by the Marketing Association of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The event was sponsored by SIRE, BAT, Wieden & Kennedy, and Zicht Online. March 28, 2012.
  • Gave a public talk on ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ anti-Islam film. Studium Generale & Erasmus Cultuur in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. September 20, 2012.
  • Presented and organized a “Public Speaking Workshop: Types & Techniques”. Majan University College Muscat, Oman. The event was supported by AMIDEAST, US State Department. November 17, 2008.


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