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 Al-Ghazzi will be on research leave during Michaelmas and Lent Term 2021/22.

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. His work focuses on questions around the global power asymmetries in the reporting and representation of conflict. He researches digital journalism, the politics of time and memory, and the geopolitics of popular culture, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. He has published in the field of communication’s top journals including Communication TheoryJournalism, and the International Journal of Communication.

Dr Al-Ghazzi earned 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. Prior to joining LSE, he was Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Expertise Details

Global Communication; Comparative Journalism; Digital Activism; Collective Memory; Popular Culture; Media & War; Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Research

Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi’s research investigates how dominant Western media discourse, particularly in relation to distant conflict, marginalises local subjects and narratives. His focus falls on scrutinising the global asymmetries of power embedded in the presuppositions and meta-narratives of western media, whether about the democratising role of new media technologies, the universal values of journalism, or the developmental logic in political speech. He draws on theories in global communications and politics, journalism studies, and history and collective memory studies. His scholarship is comparative in relation to geography (MENA-global North), temporality (past and present), and media technology (mass and social media).

 

Dr Al-Ghazzi has so far published ten peer-reviewed articles in the field of communication’s top journals, as well as four book chapters. He is currently completing a book manuscript about how history is narrated and represented via Arab media. He is also principal investigator of an LSE Middle East Centre-funded project, “Arab News Futures,” about the future of Arabic news making. He was lead researcher for UNESCO’s flagship report World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Regional Overview of the Arab Region (2019). 

 

He is editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and serves on the editorial boards of JournalismJournalism Practice, the International Journal of CommunicationArab Media & Society among others.

 

He is regularly interviewed about his research expertise including by BBC News, BBC Arabic, Al-Jazeera English, Euronews and Middle East Eye.

Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Al-Ghazzi convenes the postgraduate optional course Mediating the Past, and contributes to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories, concepts and research methodologies, 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 researchers relating to his areas of research. He is currently interested in supervising PhD topics ranging from digital journalism, popular culture and geopolitics, activism, populism, and collective memory.