Heather Jaber is a researcher from Beirut and Boston. She holds an M.A. in media studies from the American University of Beirut (AUB), where she studied the emerging visibility of characters coded as homosexual in Lebanese musalsalat, or Arabic-language television dramas. As a doctoral student, she analyzes moral panics around the body in the Arab world, turning to cultural production as a way to understand the panic as a pleasurable form of knowledge production. She draws on religious studies and theories of affect to understand the infrastructures of pleasure and shame which undergird these phenomena.
Before joining Annenberg, Jaber worked as the communications coordinator for the KIP Project, which sought to push for the production and dissemination of knowledge around gender and sexuality in Lebanon. She was responsible for managing the project's communications and helped form its multidisciplinary conference on discrimination and sexual harassment in 2016. She also helped lead the project's national awareness campaign, called #MeshBasita, which aimed at highlighting the need for legislative reform around sexual harassment in Lebanon.
Previously, she has worked on research which examined social change in theory and practice in the Arab region. She has also worked in the journalism and editorial fields in Lebanon, the US, and Austria, writing for newspapers and seminar programs and serving as editor-in-chief of Outlook, the university newspaper at AUB, during her undergraduate years. Upon graduating from her M.A., she won the Abdul Hadi Debs Endowment Award for academic excellence and demonstration of research capabilities.
Heather Jaber is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.