I am an Assistant Professor of News, Social Media, and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. I am also the Director of the Disinformation Project @ SFU (http://www.sfu.ca/disinformationproject).
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 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. 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.
My recent research interests are focused on disinformation, social media, computational journalism, international communication with a focus on the Middle East. I am currently learning more about new computational social science methods including the use of Python.
ahmed AT aalrawi.com