Assistant Professor

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Ahmed Al-Rawi

I am an Assistant Professor of News, Social Media, and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. I am also the Director of The Disinformation Project whose findings and insights were featured in 100+ news stories including reports by the BBC, Vice, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Guardian, CBC, the Globe and Mail,….etc.

I began my full-time media career in 2002 by serving as a Communication Officer and later a Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq. My media interviews on the evolving humanitarian situation in Iraq were published in 100+ news reports including The Washington Post, The Independent, Al-Jazeera, BBC News, BBC Arabic, The Associated Press, Agence France Press, UPI…etc. Between 2002 and 2006, I wrote several investigative reports for the ICRC about the victims of war in Iraq in both Arabic and English languages. I also worked as a freelance radio correspondent for a couple of US-based radio stations, and one of my radio reports for Pacifica Radio News on prisoners' abuse was nominated for a US national award in 2004. In mid 2005, I worked for about a week as a news editor for CNN - Arabic in Dubai, the UAE where I produced a few news reports for their news site. 

In 2006, I started my full-time academic career by teaching in the Sultanate of Oman. I taught at several colleges and universities including serving as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University in the Netherlands (2011-2014) during which I won a few teaching awards. I served later as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Canada (2015-2018). 

I have published 5 academic books, 3 (co)-edited books, and over 115 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Currently, I serve in the editorial board of 5 academic journals including Digital JournalismJournal of Popular Culture (since 2009), Communication StudiesArab Media & Society, and Al-Bahith Al A’alami. I have blind reviewed over 150 research papers submitted to more than 70 academic journals. I delivered presentations, lectures, and talks in nearly 100 events, and I regularly advise and offer expert consultancy to numerous NGOs, humanitarian and civic groups, the UN, governmental bodies, and nonprofit organizations.

At SFU, I received research funding for 14 projects, and I worked with more than 30 research assistants to collaboratively produce research papers, reports, and a few books. The funds that I have brought to the School of Communication as a principal and co-applicant are over $700K. The funders include SSHRC, CIHR, the Department of Heritage's Digital Citizen Contribution Program, Mitacs, the Aga Khan Foundation, British Columbia’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, and various SFU's internal grants.

My current research focuses on exploring various digital and traditional research methods to identify bad actors and analyze their content as well as understand the intersections between news and social media. My 2022-2025 Insight grant project investigates the issues of racism and democracy from the perspective of visible minority journalists, the online public, and news content in an attempt to empirically understand whether racism negatively influences democracy.  

Education

  • 2008-2012 - Ph.D., Media & Communication Studies, University of Leicester, UK. The thesis is entitled “TV coverage of the 2010 elections in Iraq: A study of the evening newscasts of four Iraqi satellite channels”.
  • 1999-2004 – Ph.D., English Literature, College of Arts, Baghdad University, Iraq. The thesis is entitled “The Arab image in twentieth century English popular fiction”.
  • 1997-1999 - M.A., English Literature, College of Arts, Baghdad University, Iraq. The thesis is entitled “Aldous Huxley as a satirist: A study of a selection of his novels”. 
  • 1994-1997 - B.A., English Language & Literature, Al-Ma’mon University College, Baghdad, Iraq (Cum Laude & winner of a 1997 national award in the field of 'English Language & Literature'). 

Currently Teaching

Courses

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

publications

Books

 

Edited Books

  • Ahadi, D, Yu, S., & Al-Rawi, A. (Eds.). (2022, forthcoming). A handbook of ethnic Canadian media. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Karim, K., & Al-Rawi, A. (Eds.) (2018). Diaspora and media in Europe: Migration, identity, and integration. London: Springer/Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Al-Rawi, A. (ed.) (2006). Khalid Habib Al-Rawi: The complete literary works. Introduced by A. Al-Rawi. Baghdad: Ekal Printing House. (In Arabic - 512 pages).

research

Social media, News, Computational journalism, Popular culture, International communication, Disinformation, Digital methods.