Kraidy Named a Guggenheim Fellow

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy has received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is one of 180 recipients of 2011 Fellowships who were selected from a field of over 3,000 nominees.  

Professor Kraidy’s Fellowship will support his research into music videos and Arab public life. In 2010 he published “Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life” (Cambridge), an examination of reality television’s impact on Middle East culture. Prof. Kraidy is one of two University of Pennsylvania professors to receive Guggenheim Fellowships. Professor Kevin M. F. Platt, a scholar of Slavic Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences, also is a recipient.  

“Day in and day out, we at Annenberg see what an exceptional scholar Marwan Kraidy is,” said Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean. “It is especially gratifying to see that he is being honored by so prestigious an organization.”

Professor Kraidy is the third member of the Annenberg faculty to be named a Guggenheim Fellow.  The others are Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication; and Larry Gross, Ph.D., currently Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.   “The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments among Guggenheim Fellows is one of the hallmarks of the Fellowship program,” the Guggenheim Foundation said in a press release announcing the recipients. “This year’s Fellows range in age from 27 to 84, and originate from towns and cities across the United States and Canada. Their Fellowship projects will carry them to all parts of the world.”