Our Team


Dr. Adel Iskandar (Interim 2021-2022)

Assistant Professor, Communication

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including "Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution" (AUCP/OUP); "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism" (Basic Books); "Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation" (University of California Press); "Mediating the Arab Uprisings" (Tadween Publishing); and "Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring" (Palgrave Macmillan). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics; and he has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His forthcoming publications are two monographs, one addressing the political role of memes and digital satire and the other about contemporary forms of imperial transculturalism. Iskandar's engaged participatory research includes supporting knowledge production through scholarly digital publishing such as "Jadaliyya" and academic podcasting such as "Status." His community research agenda involves showcasing local grassroots participatory creative production by communities in the Middle East to confront the rise of extremism. Iskandar's work also involves the autobiographical documentation and self-representation of Syrian newcomer women in the Lower Mainland illustrates their ingenuity in the face adversity. Prior to his arrival at SFU, Iskandar taught at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.

Amal Ghazal (on leave 2020-2022)

Amal Ghazal was born and raised in Lebanon, where she attended the American University of Beirut and earned a BA in History. She moved to Canada in 1996. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Alberta, and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. She was a faculty member in the History Department at Dalhousie University between 2006 and 2017. She specializes in the history of the Middle East and Muslim societies in Africa. Her writings have covered several regions, including the western Indian Ocean, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

} A conversation with Dr. Amal Ghazal

Advisory Committee

Evdoxios Doxiadis

Lecturer, History Department

Dr. Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Paul Sedra

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani  

Associate Professor, World Literature


Caylin Barrett

Coordinator, Communication & Events

Amal Javed Abdullah

Research Assistant

Amal is a recent SFU graduate who studied French, sustainable development and entrepreneurship. She is also active at Solid State Industries, where she works with Open City Events, a coop that plans events that serve a social or community purpose. At the moment, she is working on her personal project, Imagination Station Podcast, a storytelling platform for kids, by kids, where children aged nine to fourteen share their own original short stories. In her spare time, Amal can be found reading or listening to a good book or taking a bike ride around her neighborhood.