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I am an Assistant Professor of Social Media, News and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. 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. I also worked as a freelance radio correspondent for a couple of US-based radio stations and briefly as an editor for CNN Arabic bureau in Dubai, the UAE.
In 2006, I started my full-time academic career mostly teaching in the Sultanate of Oman, the Netherlands, and Canada. I served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University in the Netherlands (2011-2014) and later as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Canada (2015-2018).
I am also an Affiliated Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, Concordia University, in Montreal and a Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University in The Netherlands. I also serve as a Senior Research Fellow at The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies at Leiden University, and I'm an Affiliate Member of ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture) at Erasmus University. I'm also a founding member of the Media & Digital Literacy Academy at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
- 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.
- 1997-1999 - M.A., English Literature, College of Arts, Baghdad University, Iraq.
- 1994-1997 - B.A., English Language & Literature, Al-Ma’mon University College, Baghdad, Iraq.
This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2020, forthcoming). New media & women’s activism in the Arab world. New York: State University of New York Press.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Islam on YouTube: Online debates, protests and extremism. London: Springer/Palgrave Macmillan.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2012). Media practice in Iraq. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
- 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).
- Al-Rawi, A. (2019). Cyber conflict, online political jamming & hacking in the Gulf Cooperation Council. International Journal of Communication, 13, 1301-1322.
- Jiwani, Y. & Al-Rawi, A. (2019). Intersecting violence: The representation of Somali youth in the Canadian press. Journalism. 1-35.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2019). US Public Diplomacy in the Middle East & the Digital Outreach Team. Place Branding & Public Diplomacy. 1-25.
- Al-Rawi, A., Groshek, J. & Zhang, L. (2019). What the fake? Assessing the extent of networked political spamming and bots in the propagation of #fakenews on Twitter. Online Information Review, 1-30.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2019). Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s standardized media and jihadist nation-state building efforts. Communication and the Public. 1-15.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2018). Gatekeeping fake news discourses on mainstream media versus social media. Social Science Computer Review, 1-35.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2018). Regional TV & collective ethnic identity: Investigating the SNS outlets of Arab TV shows. Social Media+Society, 1-40.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2018). Video games, terrorism & ISIS’s Jihad 3.0. Terrorism & Political Violence, 30(4), 740-760.
- Al-Rawi, A. & Groshek, J. (2018). Jihadist propaganda on social media: An examination of ISIS related content on Twitter. International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, 8(4), 1-15.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Viral news on social media. Digital Journalism, 1-30.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Exploring AIDS epidemic in the MENA region using Internet-based searches. First Monday, 22(10). DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v22i10.7900.
- Al-Rawi, A., Jiwani, Y. (2017). Mediated conflict: Shiite heroes combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 10(4), 675-695.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Facebook and virtual nationhood: Social media & the “Arab Canadian” online community. AI & Society, 1-13.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Online political activism in Syria: Sentiment analysis of social media. Sage Research Studies Cases, 1-25. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473994829
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Assessing Public sentiments and news preferences on Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. International Communication Gazette, 79(1), 26-44.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). Audience preferences of news stories on social media. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 6(2), 343-367.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). The Rukh in Arabic culture: A linguistics and literary examination. Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 50(1), 105-117.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). News organizations 2.0: A comparative study of Twitter news. Journalism Practice, 11(6), 705-720.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2017). News values on social media: News organizations’ Facebook use. Journalism, 18(7), 871-889.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Negotiating war on TV series: A cross-national comparative study of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 7(1), 7-22.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Understanding the social media audiences of radio stations. Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 23(1), 50-67.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Facebook as a virtual mosque: The online protest against Innocence of Muslims. Culture & Religion, 17(1), 19-34.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Anti-ISIS humor: Cultural resistance of extremist ideology. Politics, Religion & Ideology, 17(1), 52-68.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The post-colonial novels of Desmond Stewart & Ethel Mannin. Contemporary Arab Affairs, 9(4), 552-564.
- Groshek, J. & Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Anti-austerity in the Eurocrisis: Modeling protest movements through online-mobile-social media use and content.International Journal of Communication, 9, 3280-3303.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2015). International media organizations’ role in assisting the media sector in Iraq after 2003. Global Media Journal, 13(25), 1-15.
- Al-Rawi, A. & Groshek, J. (2015). Arab Iranians and their social media use. CyberOrient, 9(2).
- Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Online Reactions to the Muhammed Cartoons: YouTube and the virtual Ummah. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(2), 261-276.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2015). The Rukh and the influence of Chinese mythology. International Communication of Chinese Culture, 2(3), 223-233.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2015). Sectarianism and the Arab Spring: Framing the popular protests in Bahrain. Global Media and Communication, 11(1), 25-42.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2014). The representation of September 11th and American Islamophobia in non-Western cinema. Media, War & Conflict, 7(2), 152-164.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Cyber warriors in the Middle East: The case of the Syrian Electronic Army. Public Relations Review, 40(3), 420-428.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2014). The Arab Spring and online protests in Iraq. International Journal of Communication, 8, 916-942.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Framing the online women's movements in the Arab world. Information, Communication & Society, 17(9), 1147-1161.
- Groshek, J. & Al-Rawi, A. (2013). Public sentiment and critical framing in social media content during the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Social Science Computer Review, 31(5), 563-576.
- Al-Rawi, A. & Gunter, B. (2013). News coverage of the 2010 Iraqi general election. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 6(1), 19-34.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2013). The anti-terrorist advertising campaigns in the Middle East. Journal of International Communication, 19(2), 182-195.
- Al-Rawi, A. & Gunter, B. (2013). Iraqi TV channels coverage of political candidates during the 2010 general election. Journal of Middle East Media, 9(1), 69-94.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2013). The US role in shaping Iraq’s sectarian media. International Communication Gazette, 75(4), 374-391.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2012). The Religious connotation of the Islamic dragon. Fabula: Journal of Folktale Studies, 53(4), 82-93.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2010). The challenges and predicaments of Iraqi women journalists. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 3(3), 223-236.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2010). Charles Perrault’s ‘Le Petit Poucet’ and its possible Arabic influences. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 48(1), 31-41.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The mythical ghoul in Arabic culture. Cultural Analysis, 8, 45-65.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The Arabic ghoul and its western transformation. Folklore, 120(3), 291-306.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2009). ‘Valley of the Wolves’ as representative of Turkish popular attitudes toward Iraq. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 3(1), 75-84.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2009). John Buchan the orientalist: Greenmantle and Western views of the East. Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 10(2).
- Al-Rawi, A. (2008). The portrayal of the East vs. the West in Lady Mary Montagu’s letters and Emily Ruete’s memoirs. Arab Studies Quarterly, 30(1), 15-30.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2008). Iraqi stereotypes in American culture: The case of films and video games. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 2(2), 225-250.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2007). Manipulating Muslims in John Buchan’s Greenmantle and A.J. Quinnell’s The Mahdi: A pattern of consistency. The John Buchan Journal, 36, 18-32.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2020). Twitter Influentials and the networked publics’ engagement with the Rohingya crisis in Arabic and English. In Kevin Smets, Koen Leurs, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn & Radhika Gajjala (Eds.). Sage Handbook of Media & Migration (pp. 192-204). California: Sage Publications Inc.
- Al-Rawi, A., & Consalvo, M. (2019). Video game engagement on social media in the Middle East. In Phillip Penix-Tadsen (Ed.). Gaming Beyond the Digital Divide: Video Games and Game Cultures of the Global South (pp. 225-243). Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University Press.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2018). Social media & the 2014 hostilities in Iraq. In Juliet Dee (Ed.). From Tahrir Square to Ferguson: Social networks as facilitators of social movements (pp. 39-58). New York: Peter Lang.
- Al-Rawi, A., & Fahmy, S. (2018). Social media use in the diaspora: The case of the Syrian community in Italy. In K. Karim & A. Al-Rawi (Eds.). Diaspora and Media in Europe: Migration, Identity, and Integration (pp. 71-96). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Digital media literacy & its role in countering division and enhancing national identity in the Arab world. In J. Singh, P. Kerr & E. Hamburger (Eds.). Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism, (pp. 291-298). Paris: UNESCO.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The 2011 popular protests in the Sultanate of Oman. In Aziz Douai Mohamed Ben Moussa (Eds.). Mediated identities and new journalism in the Arab world: Mapping the "Arab Spring" (pp. 165-183). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). The online response to the Quran burning incidents. In Noha Mellor & Khalil Rinnawi (Eds.). Political Islam and Global Media: The Boundaries of Religious Identity (pp. 105-121). London: Routledge.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). Framing the online women's movements in the Arab world. In F. Gocek (ed.). Women of the Middle East, vol. II. London: Routledge.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2016). John Buchan’s British designed Jihad in Greenmantle. In Erik-Jan Zürcher (ed.). Jihad and Islam in World War I: Studies on the Ottoman Jihad at the centenary of Snouck Hurgronje’s “Holy War Made in Germany” (pp. 329-345). Leiden: Leiden University Press.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2014). Two Muslim travelers to the West in the nineteenth century. In Anne Richards & Iraj Omidvar (Eds.). Historic Engagements with Occidental Cultures, Religions, Powers (pp. 111-129). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Al-Rawi, A. & Gunter, Barrie. (2013). News in Iraq. In Barrie Gunter & Roger Dickinson (Eds.). News media in the Arab world: A study of 10 Arab and Muslim countries (pp. 41-64). New York: Bloomsbury.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2012). Foreign policy and its impact on Arab stereotypes in English popular fiction of the 1970s and 1980s. In Christopher Flood, Stephen Hutchings, Henri Nickels and Galina Miazhevich (Eds.). Political and cultural representations of Muslims (pp. 147-166). Leiden: Brill Publishing.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2012). ‘Campaign of Truth Program’: US propaganda in Iraq during the early 1950s. In Philip Muehlenbeck (ed.) Religion and the Cold War: A global perspective (pp. 113-138). Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2010). Conspirator or corroborator? Nazi Arab villainy in popular fiction. (2010). In Maartje Abbenhuis & Sara Buttsworth (Eds.). Monsters in the mirror: Representations of Nazism in post-war popular culture (pp. 155-177). New York: Praeger International.
- Roche, T. & Al-Rawi, A. (2009). Sources of error in Arab students’ academic English writing: The case of rhetoric. In T. Roche (ed.). Orientations in language learning and translation (pp. 27-40). Muscat: Al Falaj Press.
- Al-Bakaa, M. & Al-Rawi, A. (2009). The challenge of machine translation. In T. Roche (ed.). Orientations in language learning and translation (pp. 223-228). Muscat: Al Falaj Press.
- Al-Rawi, A. (2009). Islam and the East in John Buchan’s novels. In Kate MacDonald (ed.). Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond the 39 steps (pp. 117-128). London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers.
Social media, news, computational journalism, popular culture, Middle East, and global communication