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Centre for Media Studies

Dr Lina Khatib


Lina Khatib
Centre for Media Studies

Research Associate

Dr Lina Khatib
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Lina Khatib is the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her research interests include the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups, political transitions, and foreign policy. She has also published widely on public diplomacy, political communication, and political participation in the Middle East, with a focus on the visual media.

Khatib has published seven books, including Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (I. B. Tauris, 2013) and Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism (co-edited with Ellen Lust, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). She has co-written, with Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2014). She is the author of two monographs on cinema: Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World (I. B. Tauris, 2006) and Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond (I. B. Tauris, 2008).

Since 2008, Khatib has been a founding co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. From 2010 to 2012, she was a nonresident research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. She lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2003 to 2010.

Prior to joining the academic field, Khatib worked in broadcast journalism in Lebanon. 

Lina Khatib is based in Beirut full time at the Carnegie Middle East Center and is not involved in courses or research supervision at SOAS. All queries related to SOAS should be sent to the director of the SOAS Centre for Media and Film Studies.