About

Marda Dunsky, a print journalist and journalism scholar, is an assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Her most recent book, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience (University of Notre Dame Press, 2021), presents narratives of Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip engaged in creative and productive pursuits as a counterpoint to media representations of their community as being mired in oppression and violence. Based on her experience and methods writing the book, which combines field interviews with documentary research, Dunsky teaches the “Narrative Storytelling & The Journalism of Empathy” seminar at NU-Q.

Dunsky is also the author of Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2008). The study analyzes news media coverage of the conflict during 2000-2004, focusing on its contextuality regarding U.S. policy, the rights of Palestinian refugees, and impacts of Israeli settlement policy.

Dunsky has 15 years of service at Northwestern University in Evanston. As a member of the Medill School of Journalism faculty, she has taught print editing, basic reporting, global journalism, and a seminar of her design, “Reporting the Arab and Muslim Worlds.” She has also served as an adviser to international students in the Medill MSJ program.

Via a U.S. State Department grant, as a Medill faculty member, Dunsky traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, three times to teach writing and editing workshops to Pakistani media professionals at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism/Institute of Business Administration.

She has held editing and reporting positions at newspapers including source and copy editor on the national-foreign news desk of the Chicago Tribune and Arab affairs reporter at The Jerusalem Post.

Dunsky has also served as an editorial consultant to a range of news organizations and public relations firms in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States.

A Chicago native, Dunsky holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.