Dr Dounia Mahlouly
Dr. Mahlouly is a Lecturer and Course convenor for SOAS postgraduate courses 'Studies in Global Digital Cultures' and 'International Political Communication'. She designed and convenes the course entitled 'Prejudice, Conspiracy and Misinformation: Understanding the Debate around '(Post)-Truth' as part of SOAS MA programme in Global Media and Communications. Dounia is the author of 'Digital Political Cultures in the Middle East since the Arab Uprisings' and the Founder of the 'Middle East Research Hub' (merh.org), a non-profit association disseminating social science research applied to the Middle East and North Africa region. She completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow, in partnership with the American University in Cairo in 2015. Her PhD research (2015) investigated the evolving communication strategy of leading political actors campaigning in post-revolutionary Tunisia and Egypt. Before joining SOAS Centre for Global Media and Communications, she conducted her postdoctoral research at King's College London. Simultaneously, she worked as a Senior Research Associate for The Open University (OU).
Her research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from social media campaigning to soft power/cultural diplomacy, misinformation and the study of online counter-narratives from the perspective of critical terrorism studies. She is interested in supervising dissertations that draw on the fields of media studies, cultural studies and political communication.