I am an award winning teacher and a Founding member of the Media & Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut at the Lebanese American University. I also serve as a Senior Research Fellow at The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies- Utrecht University, and I am an Affiliate member at Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)- Erasmus University Rotterdam. I am also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society- University of British Columbia.
I obtained two Ph.D.s degrees; the first one in English literature from Baghdad University, Iraq in 2004 and the second Ph.D. in Media and Communication Research from Leicester University, the UK in 2012. I taught at various academic institutions for over a decade in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
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 a few news reports on Iraq for its website that can be found here.
In September 2006, I started 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. I served later, for example, as an Assistant Professor of Communication studies at Erasmus University in the Netherlands (2011-2014) and at Concordia University in Canada (2015-2018). I am currently an Assistant Professor of News, Social Media, and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada. At SFU, I am the Director of the Disinformation Project that empirically examines fake news discourses in Canada on social media and news media.
My research expertise is related to social media, news, and international communication with emphasis on the Middle East. Currently, I serve in the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Culture (since 2009), Digital Journalism, and Arab Media & Society, and I regularly blind review other journal papers. As a referee, I have assessed so far over 120 research papers submitted to more than 65 different academic journals. My recent research interests are focused on disinformation, social media, computational journalism, international communication with a focus on the Middle East. I have published 5 peer reviewed books, edited and/or co-edited two other books, and have over 90 research papers and books chapters.
ahmed AT aalrawi.com