Ibrahim N. Abusharif, PhD, is an associate professor in residence in the Journalism and Strategic Communication Program. His fields of research include narrative journalism, religious studies, and the decolonization of storytelling. Specifically, his academic interests include the study of the intersections of religion and media, particularly digital media disruptions and their effects on contemporary religious authority. He also researches the origins, promulgation, and effects of key journalistic framing terminologies used in prominent Western news sources in their coverage and reportage of the Middle East and Muslim minorities in the West.

Born and raised in Chicago, he studied the biological sciences as an undergraduate, and later he received his master's from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and his doctorate in religious and Islamic studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Teaching: He teaches courses in journalism and religious studies. As for journalism, he teaches: “Feature and Magazine Writing” (Jour 321); “Journalistic Storytelling Across Media” (Jour 201); “News Gathering and Assessment” (Jour 301). As for religious studies, he teaches “Media and Religion” and “Islam, America, and Media.”

Grants: Abusharif and colleagues from GU-Q and HBKU have recently been awarded a “Multiversity Grant—Innovation in Teaching Grant.” The project focuses on “Developing a Case Study Model for Teaching religious pluralism in the Arab and Islamic World.” In the past he has been awarded an “Undergraduate Research Experience Program Grant” to study social media texts and the Gulf Crisis.

Professionally, he has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, writer, publisher, translator, and academic. His journalistic articles and reviews have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, Religion Dispatches, The Millions, Beliefnet.com, and other print and online publications. His professional journalistic interests focus on religion reporting.

He is a published writer of short fiction. As a former book publisher, he edited more than 30 books and translations. In the past, he has been involved in projects to translate—from Arabic into English—the Quran (the Muslim scripture), as well as classical texts of Islamic civilization. 

His recent publishing efforts may be accessed at: https://northwestern.academia.edu/IbrahimAbusharif