About

As dean and CEO of NU-Q, Marwan. M Kraidy oversees academic programs in communication, journalism, and the liberal arts.

Kraidy, a scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, culture, and politics, has long been immersed in the study of geopolitics and media in the Middle East having authored numerous books and articles on the region’s geopolitics and media culture. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and conversant in Spanish. 

An interdisciplinary scholar, Kraidy’s research focuses on the relationships between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries.

Kraidy’s latest project is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow endowed book on war machines in the digital age, focusing on how the “Islamic State” leveraged on global communication platforms and tactics to spread global hostility and insecurity. Alongside this book, Kraidy is also researching the transnational geopolitics of Turkish media and culture.

In 2016, Kraidy published ‘The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World,’ an award-winning book that considers the resurgence of the body politic in the digital age, specifically during the Arab uprising of 2011. It explores the creative and artistic behavior of humans who used their physical bodies to express to express rebellion and power. The book received the Times Higher Education Book of the Year title and won the Best Book Award from the International Communication Association’s Division of Global Communication.

As an academic, Kraidy has taught courses on globalization; comparative media systems; the body in digital culture; culture and revolution; music video; transnational public spheres, and the geopolitics of global popular culture.

He has published 13 books and edited volumes, authored 130 essays and chapters, and has won more than 50 awards for teaching and scholarship. Kraidy is known for his contribution to the pedagogy of global communication through keynotes and lectures worldwide and has advised universities, civil society organizations, museums, foundations, and governments.

Prior to assuming his position at Northwestern, Kraidy served as associate dean for administration and professor of global communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of School for Communication. He was also the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, an institute he founded in 2013 that is dedicated to the advanced study of global communication and understanding the diversity of global media and cultures.

Kraidy has been the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, the Albert Bonnier Jr. Professor of Media Studies at Stockholm University, the Chaire Dupront at Sorbonne-Universités in Paris, and visiting professor at universities in China, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the USA.

Kraidy earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Notre-Dame University in Louaizé, Lebanon, and his Lebanese baccalaureate in humanities at Saint Joseph College in Antoura, Lebanon. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University, where he also earned his master’s degree.

Publications

2017 IS THERE A GLOBAL DIGITAL CULTURE? Special Section of International Journal of Communication, with CARGC Press.

2017 THE ARAB REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC SPHERE [First editor with Marina Krikorian], Special Issue of Communication and the Public, 2(2), with CARGC Press.

2016 GLOBAL MEDIA STUDIES [co-author Toby Miller] Cambridge, UK.

2016 AMERICAN STUDIES ENCOUNTERS THE MIDDLE EAST [co-editor Alex Lubin]. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press; 328 pp.

2016 THE NAKED BLOGGER OF CAIRO: CREATIVE INSURGENCY IN THE ARAB WORLD [singleauthor], Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 304

2013 THE TURKISH TOUCH: EGEMONIA NEO-OTTOMANA E TELEVISONE TURCA IN MEDIO ORIENTE, Carney, J. Kraidy, M. M., Nocera, L and S. M Torelli. Rome, Italy: Le monografie di Arab Media Report, N. 1, 51 pp. [Creative Commons License]

2012 COMMUNICATION AND POWER IN THE GLOBAL ERA: ORDERS AND BORDERS, [editor]. London & New York: Routledge.

2010 THE POLITICS OF REALITY TELEVISION: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES [first co-editor with Katherine Sender, London and New York: Routledge.

2010 REALITY TELEVISION AND ARAB POLITICS: CONTENTION IN PUBLIC LIFE [single-author], Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press; 272.

2009 ARAB TELEVISION INDUSTRIES [first author with Joe Khalil], British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan; 197 pp.

2005 HYBRIDITY OR, THE CULTURAL LOGIC OF GLOBALIZATION [single-author]. Philadelphia: Temple University Press; 240 pp.

2003 GLOBAL MEDIA STUDIES: ETHNOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES [second co-editor with Patrick D. Murphy]. London & New York: Routledge.

Fellowships

2016-2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, The Carnegie Corporation, New York, NY, USA

2015-2016 National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, USA 

2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY, USA

2014-2015 Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

2011-2013 Penn Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA 

2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY, USA

2005-2006 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, USA

1996-1997 Alice T. Clark Fellow, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA

Awards

In 2011, Kraidy was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work in media and cultural studies.

In 2016, Kraidy was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his work on war machines in the age of global communication.

In 2017, Kraidy became the only scholar to have twice won the Best Book Award from the International Communication Association’s Division of Global Communication and Social Change, first in 2011 for Reality Television and Arab Politics, and again in 2017 for The Naked Blogger of Cairo.

Also in 2017, Kraidy became the first author to win the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication two times, in 2011 and 2017, for the same two books.