Sahar Khamis

Sahar Khamis

Sahar Khamis


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Dr. Sahar Khamis is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication Department in Qatar University. Dr. Khamis holds a PhD in mass media and cultural studies from the University of Manchester in England. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of the books Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is the co-editor of the book Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards and a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a radio host, and a former human rights commissioner.


PhD, Mass Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

Areas of Expertise

  1. Muslim media
  2. Arab media
  3. Muslim American identities
  4. Islamic discourses in cyberspace
  5. Islamic feminism
  6. Islamophobia
  7. Countering Islamophobia online
  8. Muslim/Arab women’s activism
  9. Muslim/Arab women’s gendered identities
  10. Cyberactivism
  11. Cyberfeminism
  12. Socio-political transformation in the Arab world/Muslim world
  13. Arab Spring
  14. Egyptian revolution


Recent Media Appearances

Selected Publications

S. Khamis, “Egypt’s puzzling dilemma: Escalating challenges and obstructed mobilization,” Arab Center Washington DC, February 20, 2020.

S. Khamis, “Arab women in the ‘Post-Arab Spring era’: Triumphs and tribulations,” Inside Arabia, December 11, 2019.

S. Khamis, “The Twitter spy scandal: Context, parallels, threats and responsibilities,” Gulf International Forum, December 9, 2019.

S. Khamis, “The Arab media landscape one year after Khashoggi: Louder opposition, more repression, and zero accountability,” Inside Arabia, October 29, 2019.

S. Khamis, “It is crucial to accept women’s right to be at the table,” The News International, September 22, 2019.

S. Khamis, “American-Muslims’ E-Jihad: Trumping Islamophobia in the Trump era,” CyberOrient 12, no. 1 (2018).

S. Khamis, “Five questions about Arab women’s activism five years after the Arab Spring,” CyberOrient 10, no. 1 (2016).

D. Anagondahalli and S. Khamis, “Mubarak framed! Humor and political activism before and during the Egyptian revolution,” Arab Media & Society 19 (Fall 2014).

S. Khamis, “Arab women’s changing identities, activisms and resistances in a rapidly changing region,” CyberOrient 8, no. 1 (2014).

M. El-Nawawy and S. Khamis, “Blogging against violations of human rights in Egypt: An analysis of five political blogs,” International Journal of Communication 8 (2014): 962–82.

S. Khamis, P. B. Gold, and K. Vaughn, “Beyond Egypt’s ‘Facebook revolution’ and Syria’s ‘YouTube uprising’: Comparing political contexts, actors and communication strategies,” Arab Media & Society 15 (Spring 2012).

M. El-Nawawy and S. Khamis, “Political activism 2.0: Comparing the role of social media in Egypt’s ‘Facebook revolution’ and Iran’s ‘Twitter uprising,’” CyberOrient 6, no. 1 (2012).

M. El-Nawawy and S. Khamis, “Cyberactivists paving the way for the Arab spring: Voices from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya,” CyberOrient 6, no. 2 (2012).

S. Khamis, “The transformative Egyptian media landscape: Changes, challenges and comparative perspectives,” International Journal of Communication 5 (2011): 1159–77.

S. Khamis and K. Vaughn, “Cyberactivism in the Egyptian revolution: How civic engagement and citizen journalism tilted the balance,” Arab Media & Society 13 (Summer 2011).

S. Khamis, “New media and social change in rural Egypt,” Arab Media & Society 11 (Winter 2010).

S. Khamis, “Multiple meanings, identities, and resistances: Egyptian rural women’s readings of televised family planning campaigns,” International Journal of Communication 3 (2009) 443–90.

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