Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

Assistant Professor

Department of Media and Communications

Telephone
020 7955 7957
Room No
FAW.7.01C
Office Hours
By appointment on Student Hub
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Languages
Arabic, English
Key Expertise
Journalism, Activism, Collective Memory, Middle East, North Africa

About me

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. His research expertise is in the reporting and representation of conflict, digital journalism and the politics of time and memory— with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining LSE, he was a lecturer (assistant professor) at the Department of Journalism, the University of Sheffield. Dr Al-Ghazzi completed his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Pennsylvania. He holds MAs in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and American University and a BA in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University. His research has appeared in the field of communication’s top journals including Communication Theory and the International Journal of Communication and was recognized by the International Communication Association. A former Fulbright scholar, Dr Al-Ghazzi comes from a journalism professional background and has previously worked at Al-Hayat Arabic daily and BBC Monitoring.

Expertise Details

Global Communication and Comparative Journalism; Digital Activism; Collective Memory; Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Research

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi’s research investigates the cultural and political dimensions of news media and social media representations of conflict, with a particular interest in temporality. It does so by building an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that engages with the study of temporality and collective memory in relation to the digital media environment and to postcolonial contexts and societies, such as in the Middle East and North Africa region. Dr Al-Ghazzi is also interested in the  ways  that  Arab  political  culture  and  media  incorporate  meta-narratives  about  history  and  the  trajectory  of  an  Arab  and  Islamic  civilization.

Dr Al-Ghazzi’s research agenda is comparative in relation to time, by examining how imaginings of the past and future influence contemporary politics, and in relation to media technologies and genres, as well as geographical and cultural spaces. Some of his recent publications have taken the conflict in Syria as a context to examine political contention from both a top-down and bottom-up perspectives— whether the authoritarian and neoliberal politics that perpetuate doubt and speculation over digital media content or activist practices that use digital media as platforms to amplify voice. In terms of media and journalism practice, Dr Al-Ghazzi also maintains an interest in researching issues pertaining to freedom of expression and journalists’ safety. He was lead researcher for UNESCO’s flagship publication (2018) “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Regional overview of the Arab Region.”

Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Al-Ghazzi convenes the postgraduate course Mediating the Past, as well as the Dissertation: Media and Communications course.

Dr Al-Ghazzi has also contributed lectures to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418) and research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2), as well as the Summer School programme International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World.

Doctoral supervision

Dr Al-Ghazzi welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students relating to his areas of research. He is currently interested in supervising PhD topics ranging from digital media and journalism, popular culture and geopolitics, activism, populism, and collective memory.