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Sahar M. Khamis
University of Maryland, College Park
Associate Professor
Secondary Phone: 301-405-0864
Dept of Communication
2104 Skinner Hall Bldg University of Maryland
College Park MD 20742
United States
Dr. Sahar Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication Department at Qatar University. Dr. Khamis holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester in England. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of the books: "Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and "Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is the co-editor of the book: "Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards and a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a radio host, and a former human rights commissioner.
Sub Areas
Cultural Studies
Gender/Women's Studies
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
Arab States
New Media - Issues Of Freedom Of Expression
Mediated Activism In The Arab/Muslim World
Gendered Activism In The Middle East
Arabic (native)
English (advanced)
PhD | 2000 | Sociology | University of Manchester
MA | 1989 | Mass Communication | Amer U in Cairo
BA | 1986 | Mass Communication | Amer U in Cairo
Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of “Cyberfeminism” in Two Gulf States: The Cases of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (Re)Visiting Digital Authoritarianism and Diasporic “Cyberactivism” a Decade After the Arab Spring: The Cases of Egyptian and Saudi Exilic Resistance Communities Discourses of Online Arab Resistance in the Diaspora in the Post-Arab Spring Era