American University of Beirut

Nabil Dajani

​Nabil Dajani is a media sociologist focusing on the study and research of the role of the media in the Arab East. Presently he is researching the significance of blending folklore with Arab social media messages and has introduced a new course on the Arab folk media.

Dajani is a Founding Member of “Arab Reporters for Investigating Journalism “ (ARIJ) and served as its first Chairman of the Board. He is also a Founding Member of the Kamel Mroeh Endowment for Promoting Arab Journalism. He served as Associate Editor of “Journal of Communication for Social Change", Contributing and Consulting Editor of “Journal of Communication", “The Journal of Global Communication Research", as well as an occasional reviewer to numerous other communication journals. He recently headed the UAE Ministry of Higher Education accreditation teams to review the communication programs at the University of Sharjah and at the UAEU in al-Ain.

Between 1971 and 1975, Prof. Dajani served as a member of UNESCO's International Panel of Experts on Communication Research that contributed to initiating the international debate for a new world communication order. He also was an active member of the International Association for Mass Communication Research serving as a member of its "international board", 1972-84, and as a member of its  “21
st Century Task Force", 1996-98.

Dajani has been on the faculty of the American University of Beirut for the past forty-eight years and has served as an Assistant Dean of its Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Chairperson of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of its Mass Communication Program. Professor Dajani also served as a Visiting Scholar at Leicester University in England and as a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University.

He is also active in community activities and has served, among others, as President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut, President of the Faculty Association of the American University of Beirut, Chairman of the Parents Association of International College.


Media and Society in the Arab World
Arab and Lebanese Folk Media
Communication and Development.


MCOM 202: Communication Theory
MCOM 203: Arab Media & Society
MCOM 205: Interpersonal Communication & Folk Media
MCOM 302: Seminar in Arab Media & Society
MCOM 313: Seminar in Communication and Development
MCOM 309: Lebanese Media: Formation and Challenges


Books & Monographs

2018, The Media in Lebanon: Fragmentation & Conflict in the Middle East, I.B. Tauris  (in press)

إشكاليات في الاعلام العربي: مسار بحث وممارسة، دار الفارابي،بيروت  (قيد الطبع)2018,

2011, Arab Media:  Globalization and Emerging Media Industries, with Kh. Rinnawi, N. Mellor and M. Ayish, Polity Press.  

2012 (الا​علام العربي: العولمة، الاعلام وصناعته الناشئة ،دار الفجر للنشر والتوزيع (ترجمة الكتاب السابق 

2007, Communication for Development: Making a Difference (contributing editor with Jan Servaes as the main editor), World Bank Publications.


2014, “Technology Cannot a Revolution Make: Nas-book not Facebook" in  3 Years Since the Spring, Kamal Adham Center for Television & Digital Journalism (also in Arab Media and Society, Issue 15, Spring 2012.

2013, “Ethics and the Media: The Lebanese Experience," Arab Media and Society, Spring Edition, 2013.

2013, “Pedagogic Challenges Facing Media Studies in Arab Universities," Asian Journal of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Vol.1, No. 1 (2013).

2012-13, The Young Generation, Interactive Media and Society" (Arabic and with English translation) Global Media Journal (Arabian Edition), (in both electronic and print editions) Fall/Spring 2012-2013.

2009, “Arab Satellite Coverage of the War on Gaza," Al-Mustakbal al Arabi, no. 365, vol. 7, July/August.

2009 An Overview of Arab Development Communication," The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Blackwell publishing.

2007, A Critical Reading of Arab Information" (in Arabic), chapter in 2004-2006  Saadeh Cultural Foundation Lectures.

2006, The Re-feudalization of the Public Sphere: Lebanese Television News Coverage and the Lebanese Political Process," Transnational Broadcasting Studies, 16.

2006, Television in the Arab East" in Wasko, Janet (ed.) A Companion to Television, Blackwell Publishing.


PhD University of Iowa
MA American University of Beiru‌t

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