American University of Sharjah

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Bachelor of arts in mass communication

Dr. Mohammad Ayish

Mohammad Ayish

Professor and Department Head

PhD in Broadcast Communication, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA

Mohammad Ayish's academic experience includes 30 years of teaching and administration at universities in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Before joining AUS in Fall 2012, he had served as Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah and had worked as a consultant for the UAE National Media Council. His research interests include satellite broadcasting, digital communications, social media and media ethics. His most recent scholarly work has been co-authored with Noha Mellor: Reporting in the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media. (2015). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Dr. Abeer Al-Najjar

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Associate Professor

PhD in International Journalism, Edinburgh University, UK

Abeer Al-Najjar has considerable industrial media experience in both print journalism and television production in Jordan. She is a frequently invited speaker at many forums and international conferences, both professional and academic. Dr. Al-Najjar’s teaching and research areas include, but are not limited to, Arab journalism, research methods in mass communication, crisis and conflict communication, political communication, social media and popular culture. She is frequently quoted in the media on issues related to media, higher education and Arab public opinion.

Dr. Harris Breslow

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Associate Professor

PhD in Mass Communication and International Political Economics, University of Illinois, USA

Harris Breslow has been a visiting professor at the University of Tulsa and a professor in the Program in Communication Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been a Doctoral and Post Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a McGannon Fellow (Fordham University) and the Edmund James Fellow at the University of Illinois. His research interests include urban and architectonic space, communication and cultural theory, and critical studies of Internet usage. He is a Principal Investigator in the Emirates Internet Project, a partner member of the World Internet Project.

Dr. Sohail Dahdal

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Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Sohail Dahdal has taught media and journalism at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and at the University of Technology, Sydney. Dr. Dahdal’s areas of interests are social media, cultural diversity in media and new forms of documentary film making. He is also an award-winning filmmaker with 20 years’ experience in creating documentaries and media stories for some of the most innovative media companies in Australia including Lonely Planet Publications, SBS and ABC Television Stations.

Ana Milena Gavassa


Senior Instructor

MBA, Troy State University, USA

Ana Milena Gavassa's education, training and experience in industry and academia in the areas of graphic design, marketing and advertising have given her a competitive edge in the teaching areas of introductory, intermediate and advanced media design. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a graphic designer for EWTN in USA, El Mundo newspaper in Bolivia, and for the AUS College of Arts and Sciences. Gavassa has also worked as a marketing assistant for the Japanese International Cooperation Agency in Bolivia.

Dr. Joseph Gibbs

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PhD in Policy and Communication, Boston University, USA

Joseph Gibbs worked as a reporter and editor on Boston-area newspapers and
taught at Boston College and Boston University prior to joining AUS in 2002.
His publications include the books Gorbachev's Glasnost (Texas A&M: 1999);
the Civil War regimental history Three Years in the Bloody Eleventh (Penn
State: 2002); and the maritime histories Dead Men Tell No Tales (Univ. of
South Carolina: 2007), On the Account (Sussex Academic Press: 2012), and On
the Account in the ‘Golden Age’ (Sussex Academic Press: 2014).

Dr. Mahboub Hashem

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PhD in Communication, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

Mahboub Hashem has taught in communication and mass communication departments for more than 25 years at US institutions such as Fort Hays State University, the University of Toledo, and Florida State University. His areas of research and teaching interest are new information technology and social media effects, intercultural/interpersonal communication, organizational communication and leadership, theories of mass media and research methods. In addition to teaching, he has served as a consultant and invited speaker for several international organizations and institutions.

Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine


Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Hamburg, Germany

Mohammed Ibahrine has taught at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and the University of Hamburg and the University of Erfurt. He was Scholar in Residence at Johnson County Community College, USA. Dr. Ibahrine has consulted on projects for institutions such as Hans-Bredow-Institut, Goethe Institute, European Parliament and UNESCO. His publications include New Media and Neo-Islamism, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, entries in the International Encyclopedia of Communication and a book chapter in the Handbook of Mobile Communication. He is working on a book on communication technologies and socio-political change in the Arab World.

Dr. John Mark King

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PhD in Communications, University of Tennessee, USA

John Mark King has published 34 research articles and has presented research in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr. King has served as a mass communication professor for 23 years and chaired 27 master’s theses. He has provided service in the US, Indonesia, Spain, the UAE and Qatar. Dr. King worked in newspapers, magazines, television and public relations for more than 15 years. He has mentored students to launch meaningful careers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe.

Dr. Sreya Mitra

Dr Sreya Mitra

Assistant Professor

PhD in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Sreya Mitra has taught media studies courses at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and journalism at the University of Wollongong, Dubai. Her research and teaching interests include South Asian cinema and television, globalization, popular culture, social media, diaspora, gender studies, mass communication theory, intercultural communication, persuasion, and organizational communication. She has presented her research at various international conferences and her work been published in the edited collections Reorienting Global Communication (2010) and Transnational Stardom (2013), and in Journal of South Asian History and Culture (2012).

Dr. Hania A. M. Nashef


Associate Professor

PhD in English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

Hania A.M. Nashef has 16 years of experience in TV broadcast. Her research interests include postcolonial and postmodern literatures, media representations, interdisciplinary, trauma studies, and diasporic studies

Susan Smith


Assistant Professor

MA in Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Susan Smith's areas of research and teaching interests are documenting indigenous cultures undergoing change, and examining cultural identity among UAE expatriates. She has worked as an independent documentary maker for more than 20 years, producing television programs for PBS and advocacy videos for non-profit organizations and private agencies around the globe.

Dr. Mustafa Taha


Associate Professor

PhD, Ohio University, USA

Mustafa Taha has taught public relations and mass communication for more than 10 years. His areas of research and teaching include public relations, media representation, new media and society, media and conflict, image management and public diplomacy. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a diplomat at the Sudan mission to the United Nations, New York; UN peacekeeping missions in Somalia and Liberia; and as Sudan’s consul general in Ethiopia.

Dr. Bouziane Zaid

Visiting Associate Professor

PhD in Communication, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

Bouziane Zaid taught communication and journalism for 14 years at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, where he served as Chair of the Communication Studies program for nine years. He has presented his research in more than 20 countries in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His research interests are in the areas of media law and policy, digital rights, public service broadcasting, and critical media studies. He authored and co-authored two books and numerous journal articles, country reports and book chapters. Dr. Zaid has served as a consultant for UNESCO, Freedom House and other international organizations.

Dr. Roshan Noorzai

Assistant Professor

PhD in Mass Communication, Ohio University, USA

Roshan Noorzai has seven years of experience in broadcast journalism. His areas of research and teaching interest include broadcast journalism, political communication, media and conflict, new media, and information and communication technologies for social change. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a senior editor and international broadcaster for Voice of America in Washington, DC. He also worked as a media/communication officer with the United Nations and USAID in Afghanistan.