Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D.
Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Communication, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center. A scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, politics and culture, he studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. Kraidy is currently an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.
Kraidy’s work is distinctive for its deep reliance on primary materials, theoretical grounding in a multilingual literature, and a global, comparative approach across historical periods, geographical sites, cultural forms, and media platforms. Ongoing research focuses on war machines in the digital age (particularly “Islamic State”), speed, spectacle and security in global communication, and the transnational geopolitics of Turkish media and culture. He teaches 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.
Kraidy has published 13 books and edited volumes, penned 130 essays and chapters, won more than 50 awards for teaching and scholarship, delivered keynote addresses and named lectures worldwide, and advised universities, civil society organizations, museums, foundations, and governments. Notable books include Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple University Press, 2005), and Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge University Press 2010), supported by a Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, and winner of three major prizes: the Diamond Anniversary Best Book Award and the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication, National Communication Association; and Best Book Award in Global Communication and Social Change, International Communication Association.
Kraidy’s account of the Arab Spring, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard University Press, 2016, May) is an innovative reappraisal of the body politic in the digital age. It considers the uprisings through the human body as a physical, symbolic and aesthetic locus of power and rebellion, and features an engrossing cast of characters—self-immolators, puppets, superheroes, poets, street artists, digital videographers, satirists, and of course, the naked blogger—who confronted scorned dictators. He crafted the book in Wassenaar, as a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIAS) and of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and revised it in Philadelphia as a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The book won the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Book Award, the ICA’s Division of Global Communication and Social Change Best Book Award, the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award in Political Communication, National Communication Association, and was a 2016 Times Higher Education Book of the Year.
Other recent books include Global Media Studies (with Toby Miller, Polity, 2016), and American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Alex Lubin, University of North Carolina Press, 2016).
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.
Kraidy’s leadership roles include elected President of the Student Cabinet at his alma mater, Notre-Dame University, Director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Dakota, and Founding Director of the Arab Media in Public Life (AMPLE) Project at American University, Washington, DC. In 2013, he launched the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School, which in 2016 became the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC), an institute for advanced study that produces and promotes advanced research on global communication and public life under the rubric of inclusive globalization. A dynamic and innovative ideas laboratory, CARGC engages interdisciplinary scholarship in enduring global questions and pressing contemporary issues. CARGC is dedicated to understanding the stunning diversity of global media and cultures.
Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in New York, and on the International Advisory Board of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut, Kraidy also advises various research projects funded by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Helsingin Salomat Foundation in Finland. Previously he served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University, Washington DC, and on the International Advisory Board of the National Museum of Qatar.
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. Previously he held appointments in International Relations at American University, Washington, DC, and in Critical-Cultural Studies at the University of North Dakota. A graduate of Notre Dame University, Lebanon, Kraidy’s MA and PhD are from The Ohio University.
Fluent in Arabic and French, and conversant in Spanish, Kraidy is a regular media contributor worldwide and tweets @MKraidy.
COMM 402: The Arab Uprisings: Local and Global Representations
COMM 419: Communication, Culture & Revolution
COMM 485: Globalization and the Music Video
COMM 802/702: Global and Comparative Media Systems
COMM 813: Theory and History in Global Communication
COMM 816: Communicating Publics
COMM 850: The Body: Theory, Method Discourse
COMM 885: Old Media and Digital Communication in Revolutionary Times
- Marketplace: “Why Ramadan is a big deal for Arab TV networks" (May 26, 2017)
- The National: “Prank Shows Chasing Laughs Leave Victims Traumatized,” (May 25, 2017)
- UC Boulder Daily: “Religion and the Digital Focus on New Research” (May 17, 2017)
- The New Arab: “The Arab World’s Obssession with Reality TV" (May 9, 2017)
- Penn Gazette: “When Lies Go Viral" (May/June 2017)
- al-Bawaba: "The Strange Obsession - and Political Weight - that Comes with Arab Reality TV" (May 14, 2017)
- Project for Middle East Political Science: "Creativity and the Arab Uprisings: A conversation with Marwan Kraidy" (November 29, 2016)
- Status Hour: Feature Interview about The Naked Blogger of Cairo (July 16, 2016) ,
- Al-Jazeera's The Listening Post: “Egypt's Press Syndicate Under Fire" (November 26, 2016)
- Politiken.dk: “Hold mediefri søndag, og luft ud i offentligheden” (November 1, 2016)
- The Michigan Daily: “Author discusses Arab Spring through the lens of the human body" (September 15, 2016)
- Washington Post's Monkey Cage: “What to read this summer about the Middle East" (June 29, 2016)
- Daily Mail: “'Way to go Brits!' Game of Thrones fans fear the hit show will be thrown into chaos after Brexit vote raises risk bosses won't be able to finish filming in Northern Ireland" (June 24, 2016)
- The Independent: “Something very different is happening in Newfoundland and Labrador" (June 7, 2016)
- Noticias 24: “¡Pánico! Fans de Juego de Tronos temen que el Brexit ponga en riesgo la serie" (June 23, 2016)
- Vocativ: “Dark Net: Trying to Kill ISIS with Cuteness” (March 3, 2016)
- MENA Tidningen: “Biopolitics and Humor in Revolutionary Times" (February 9, 2016)
- Libération: “Printemps arabes, du ‘cyberutopisme’ au ‘cyberpessimisme’" ( January 16, 2016)
Kraidy studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. The recipient of Andrew Carnegie, Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Woodrow Wilson and NIAS fellowships, and award-winning author and editor of 130 essays and 13 books and volumes, Kraidy is currently researching war machines in the age of global communication and the transnational geopolitics of Turkish media and culture.