Banu Akdenizli is associate professor of communication at Northwestern University in Qatar. She earned her PhD in media and communication from Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Northwestern University in Qatar, Akdenizli was an associate professor of communication at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. She formerly worked as a methodologist and analyst for the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project in Washington, DC. She is the research fellow of University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Public Diplomacy Fellow from 2016-2018.

She is the editor and contributor of Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies (2015), author of Toward a Healthier Understanding of Internet Policy Development, The Case of Turkey (2007), co-author of Democracy in the Age of New Media: A Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate (2008). She has also authored book chapters and numerous periodical articles both in English and Turkish. She holds a BA in sociology and an MA in translation studies from Boğaziçi University, Turkey.


  • INT 201 Media and Society
  • MIT 388 Internet and Society
  • MIT 398 Media and Public Diplomacy
  • MIT 398 Politics in the Digital World
  • MIT 398 International and Intercultural Communication


  • Digital Media Studies
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Political Communication
  • Media Systems in the GCC and Turkey



2015 Akdenizli, B. (Ed). Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2008 Akdenizli, B., E. Dionne, M. Kaplan, T. Rosenstiel, & R. Suro. A Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

2007 Akdenizli, B. Toward a Healthier Understanding of Internet Policy Development: The Case of Turkey. Saarbrücken, Germany: Verlag Dr. Müller VDM Publishing.


Selected Book Chapters and Articles

2022 Akdenizli, B. Digital Diplomacy in Times of Crisis in the GCC: The Blockade and Pandemic. In Bjola, C. & Manor, I. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Digital Diplomacy (in press).

2021 Akdenizli, B.; Ozcetin, B., Gundogan Cetin, N. (2021). Long Time Allies No More? How News Media in Turkey Covered the USA in 2019 . Kamalipour, Y. (Ed.) Global Media Perceptions of the United States: The Trump Effect, p. 273-288. Maryland, US: Rowman & Littlefield.

Allagui, I., & Akdenizli, B. (2019). The Gulf Information War and the Role of Information and Communication Technologies. International Journal of Communication.

2019 Allagui, I. & Akdenizli, B. The Gulf Information War and the Role of Media and Communication Technologies. International Journal of Communication 13 (2019), 1287-1300.

2018 Akdenizli, B. Twitter as an instrument of Foreign Policy: Qatar and the GCC. In R. Miller (Ed) The 2017 Gulf Crisis: The View from Qatar. p. 147-156. Doha: Hamad bin Khalifa University Press.

2018 Akdenizli, B. Twitter Diplomacy in the GCC: How Foreign Ministers of the Region are Using Social Media. In Y.R. Kamalipour (Ed.). (2018). Global Discourse in Fractured Times: Perspectives on Journalism, Media, Education, and Politics. p. 129-144. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2017 Akdenizli, B. A Glimmer of Hope in a Suffocated Media Landscape? Citizen Journalism Practices in Turkey. In M. Friedrichsen & Y. Kamalipour (Eds.) Digital Transformation in Journalism and News Media: Media Management, Media Convergence and Globalization (Media Business and Innovation), p.169-177. Springer Science and Business Media.

Awards and Grants

2022 - 2024 Fellowship for Exceptional Service, Northwestern University Qatar

2018 - 2016 Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California Research Fellow

2018 Qatar National Research Fund, Undergraduate Research Experience Program

2018 Northwestern University in Qatar Internal Scholarly Research Grant