Shahira Fahmy

About Shahira Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy, Ph.D., is a Professor of Journalism, and an affiliate professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Department of Communication Studies, and the School of Government and Public Policy.  Her specializations include: global media, peace journalism and visual reporting; issues that intersect these domains in the context of wars and terrorism in the Middle East. She is also an affiliated member of the Institute of the Environment and the inter-disciplinary research UA faculty community associated with the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).

She is an international tenured journalism faculty member who studied in Cairo, Rome and Columbia.  She spent five years working in the news and broadcast industries in Europe and the Middle East including one year photographing a tribe in the Sinai desert before pursuing her doctoral studies at the first journalism school in the world - the Missouri School of Journalism in fall 2000. She has traveled to more than 60 countries and is fluent in multiple languages, skills that enabled Fahmy to conduct surveys with embedded reporters worldwide and to conduct surveys of audiences in more than 70 countries. 

Native fluency in four languages combined with Middle Eastern, European and US citizenships, Fahmy is a world-renowned scholar with more than 160 refereed books, journal articles, encyclopedia entries, special issues and conference presentations on the national and international levels. Further she has authored numerous reports on publishing research/policy journals for the United Nations. Many of her refereed publications and projects include students as coauthors and collaborators. Her work has appeared in journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ), Mass Communication & Society (MC&S), American Behavioral Scientist (ABS)Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (JOBEM), Media, War & Conflict (MW&C), and Visual Communication Quarterly (VCQ).She has been the associate editor for the highest-ranking journal affiliated with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC): Mass Communication & Society (MC&S). She also has served as a Director of the Graduate Studies, a Fulbright Specialist scholar multiple times overseas, as an international guest editor, as an international keynote speaker, as a United Nations senior consultant, as an op-ed international columnist, and lectured on global and peace reporting as well as visual journalism in North American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern and African cities. Currently she is on the board of more than a dozen scholarly journals on the national and international levels, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ).

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Shahira Fahmy
Professor of Journalism, Middle Eastern and North African Studies


Ph.D., Missouri School of Journalism

M.A., American University in Cairo

B.A., American University in Cairo

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences