Associate Professor | Graduate Chair

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Room: HC3553


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. 


  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, USA
  • M.A. Purdue University, USA
  • B.Sc. Dalhousie University, Canada

Currently Teaching


Future courses may be subject to change.


Books and Monographs

  • Hudson, L., Iskandar, A., & Kirk, M. (Eds) (2014). Media Evolution On the Eve of the Arab Spring. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Iskandar, A. (2013). Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution. American University in Cairo Press/Oxford University Press: Cairo & London.
  • Iskandar, A. & Haddad, B. (Eds.) (2013). Mediating the Arab Uprisings. Arab Studies Institute (ASI): TADWEEN Publishing.
  • Iskandar, A., & Rustom, H. (Eds) (2010). Edward Said: Emancipation and Representation. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • el-Nawawy, M., & Iskandar, A. (2003) Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Journalism. Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • el-Nawawy, M., & Iskandar, A. (2002) Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab New Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East. Boulder, CO: Westview.
    (Choice Outstanding Academic Title in the Humanities for 2002)

Book Chapters

  • Iskandar, A., Hudson, L, & Kirk, M. (2014). Defying Definition: Toward Reflexivity in ‘Arab Media’ Studies. In L. Hudson, A. Iskandar, & M. Kirk (Eds). Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Uprisings. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hudson, L., & Iskandar, A. (2014). Publics, Imaginaries, Soft Power, and Epistemologies on the Eve of the Arab Uprisings. In L. Hudson, A. Iskandar, & M. Kirk (Eds). Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Uprisings. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Iskandar, A. (2014). Free? Not So Fast! The Fourth Estate Flourishes and Falters With the Arab Uprisings. In F. Al-Sumait, M. Hudson, & N. Lenze (Eds.), The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and and Trajectories. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Valassopoulos, A., Sabry, T., Rooney, C, Westmoreland, M, Iskandar, A, and Salti, R. (2012) Cultural Studies – Thinking Aloud: Theorizing and Planning for the Future of a Discipline. In A. Valassopoulos (Ed.), Arab Cultural Studies: History, Politics and the Popular. London: Routledge.
  • Iskandar, A. (2010). Al-Jazeera. In J.D. Downing (Ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Iskandar, A. (2005). “The Great American Bubble:” Fox News Channel, the "mirage" of objectivity, and the isolation of American public opinion. In L. Artz & Y.R. Kamalipour (Eds.) Bring 'Em On: Media and Politics in the US War on Iraq. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Iskandar, A., & el-Nawawy, M. (2005) Al-Jazeera and War Coverage in Iraq: The Quest for Contextual Objectivity. In S. Allan & B. Zelizer (Eds.) Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime. London: Routledge
  • Iskandar, A., & el-Nawawy, M. (2002) Al-Jazeera and the Intifada. In Casey, E. & Hilder, P. (Eds). Peace Fire: Fragments from the Israel-Palestine Story. London: Free Association Books.

Journal Articles

  • Iskandar, A. (2013). Teaching the Arab Uprisings: Between Media Maelstrom and Pedantic Pedagogy. Policy Studies Journal, 41(s1).
  • Valassopoulos, A., Sabry, T., Rooney, C., Westmoreland, M., Iskandar, A., & Salti, R. (2012). “Arab Cultural Studies – Thinking Aloud: Theorizing and Planning for the Future of a Discipline.” In A. Valassopoulos (Ed.), Journal for Cultural Research, 16(2-3): 117-123.
  • Iskandar, A. (July 2008). Arab Journalism: Between De-Westernization and Objectivity. Reset: Dialogue on Civilizations, Rome, Italy. 
  • Iskandar, A. (Winter/Summer 2006). Shifting Tides: Egyptian Media and the Impending Political Revolution. Georgetown Journal of International Relations, 7(1).
  • Iskandar, A. (2006, Jan.-Jun.) Is Al-Jazeera Alternative? Mainstreaming Alterity and Assimilating Discourses of Dissent. Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal, 15. Retrieved on January 18, 2006.
  • El-Nawawy, M., & Iskandar, A. The Minotaur of Contextual Objectivity: War coverage and the pursuit of accuracy/appeal. Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal, Fall 2002.
  • Farag, T.I., Sabry, M.A., Iskandar, A. (1999). Queen of Punt Syndrome. American Journal of Human Genetics Supplement. (Abstract) 65 (4).
  • Farag, T.I. & Iskandar, A. (1998). Tutankhamun’s Paternity. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 91(5): 291-292.
    Iskandar, A. (Fall 2005). Courting the Enemy: Radio Sawa and the Reinvention of Public Diplomacy. Global Media Journal (Arabic Edition).

Online Journals

  • Aouragh, M., & Iskandar, A. (September 5, 2014). “Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice.” Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (September 5, 2014). The Meme-ing of Revolution: Creativity, Folklore, and the Dislocation of Power in Egypt. Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (June 30, 2013). Tamarod: Egypt’s Online Revolution Hones its Skills. Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (June 2012). Media on Bahrain: An Interview with Alaa Shehabi. Jadaliyya,
  • Iskandar, A. (May 2012). “We Are All Palestinian Prisoners:” An Interview with artist Hafez Omar. Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (November 2012). Year of the Ostrich: The Military and the Media in Transitional Egypt. Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (June 2012). Egypt’s Three-horned Bull, MEI Insight, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • Iskandar, A. (February 2012). A Year in the Life of Egypt’s Media: A Timeline, Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (December 2011). Free at Last? Charting Egypt's Media Post-Mubarak, Jadaliyya
  • Iskandar, A. (2008, February 29). 1001 Arabian Plights: On Mediated Resistance. FlowTV, University of Texas-Austin, February 29, 2008.
  • Iskandar, A. (2008, January 29). 1001 Arabian Plights: On Persistent Media Denigration, FlowTV, University of Texas-Austin.
  • Iskandar, A. (2007). Lines in the sand: Problematizing Arab media in the post-taxonomic era, Arab Media & Society, 1 (2).
  • Iskandar, A., & Rustom, H. (Fall 2005). From Paris to Cairo: Resistance of the Unacculturated. Arabesques Review. 1(3).
  • Iskandar, A. (2003). “Whenever, wherever!” The Discourse of Transnational Orientalism in the Construction of Shakira. Ambassadors Magazine (Selected Studies), 6(2): Available from:

Review Essays and Articles

  • Iskandar, A. (2013). Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections: A Critical Guide to a Changing Political Arena. Ambassadors.
  • Iskandar, A. (2007). Global War — Local Views: Media Images of the Iraq War. journal of communication inquiry, 31(1): 79-84.

Audio Journal Interviews