BiographyI am an Egyptian American Associate Professor of Journalism at High Point University, North Carolina where I teach a variety of courses in convergent journalism and women and gender studies. I graduated from Georgia State University with a PhD in Public Communication in December 2007. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where I earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the American University in Cairo and worked as a Reuters correspondent before moving to the US in 2000.
In 2011, I began following the revolutions that swept the Middle East and was inspired by the use of social media in these uprisings, so much so that social media activism became a central area of my research. In late 2011, I published my first social media activism article, that I coauthored with Julie Wiest, titled “Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory.” The article was published in the International Journal of Communication 5.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research focuses on media representation of women, gender issues, social media activism, Middle East women in the media and critical and cultural studies. I have presented my work at the National Communication Association conventions, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication as well as conventions in the Middle East & Asia. My research has been published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies and the International Journal of Communication.
Traveling, reading, cooking, music and writing short stories.