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Fahed Al-Sumait
American University of Kuwait
Associate Professor
Secondary Phone: +96599909668
Fahed Al-Sumait is an Associate Professor of Communication at the American University of Kuwait. His research focuses on strategic communication, intercultural studies, and digital inequalities with a concentration on Kuwait and the Arabian Peninsula region of the Middle East. He has served as a Fulbright-Hays fellow for his research into contested discourses on Arab democratization, as a post-doctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore, and as a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-editor of the books, The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics and Trajectories (2014, Rowman & Littlefield), and Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man (2015, University of Illinois Press). He is currently President of the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies and has served in numerous administrative roles, including Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Department Chair, interim Dean of Student Affairs, and Chair of the Global Studies Center. He holds an MA from the University of New Mexico and a PhD from the University of Washington, both in Communication.
Sub Areas
Cultural Studies
Information Technology/Computing
Gulf Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
Arabian Peninsula
Political Discourse
Digital Inequalities
Intercultural Communication
Arabic (intermediate)
English (native)
PhD | 2011 | Communication | University of Washington
MA | 2006 | Communication and Journalism | University of New Mexico
BA | 1998 | Communication | University of Washington
Variable terrain: Kuwaiti discourses on Arab democratization A Rhetorical Tightrope: U.S. Political Discourse on Arab Democracy following the Cold War Evaluating Kuwait’s Digital Ecosystem: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Technological Transformation Cultural Influences on Opinion Expression in an Online and Offline Kuwaiti Context Assessing the Digital Impacts of COVID-19 in Kuwait Identifying Communities of Exclusion in Kuwait’s Digital Media Landscape