Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi

Assistant Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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020 7955 7957
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About me

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Dr Al-Ghazzi's expertise is in global communication and comparative journalism, with a focus on political contention, digital activism and collective memory in 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. A former Fulbright scholar, Dr Al-Ghazzi comes from a journalism professional background. He has previously worked as a reporter for Al-Hayat Arabic daily and as a media analyst at BBC Monitoring.

Expertise

global communication and comparative journalism; digital activism; collective memory; Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Research

Dr Al-Ghazzi’s research focuses on the immense political changes sweeping the Middle East and North Africa since the 2011 uprisings, which serve as a context to engage with pressing research questions in the field of communication. Dr Al-Ghazzi has examined how Arab activists and journalists use symbols and tropes about history to imagine and articulate political futures. He has also analysed the impact of amateur and digital media practices and texts, particularly in Syria, on activism and armed conflict. The way nationalist sentiments and geopolitical posturing are represented in and voiced in debates about popular culture in the region is another of his areas of focus. Dr Al-Ghazzi’s research has appeared in the field’s top journals and has been recognized by the International Communication Association.

Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Al-Ghazzi contributes lectures to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418) and research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2).

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.