Adel Iskandar

Adel Iskandar is an Associate 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. 

Steering Committee

Yıldız Atasoy

Professor,  Sociology

Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani  

Associate Professor & Chair, World Languages and Literatures

Evdoxios Doxiadis

Lecturer, History

Tamir Moustafa

Professor, School for International Studies


Joelle Lee

Coordinator, Communication & Events

Kylie Broderick


In addition to her work at CCMS, Kylie is a Ph.D. candidate and Mellon Fellow in modern Middle East history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She works at SFU as the Coordinator for the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies. She is also the managing editor of Jadaliyya. At the National Humanities Center, she teaches the Introduction to the Modern Middle East course to K-12 educators. Her interests are in the political economy of the Middle East, as well as histories of gender and capitalism, social mobilizations, and socio-economic class construction in Lebanon and Syria, and she is currently writing a dissertation focusing on these subjects.