Isabel Awad is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She specializes on how the news contributes to the inclusion/exclusion of cultural minorities, on journalistic practices, and how journalism operates within neoliberal contexts. The underlying concern of her research is an understanding of the conditions for democratic communication and social justice against a backdrop of social inequality.
Isabel is currently working on research project funded by a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is entitled “Journalism and the tensions of neoliberal democracy” and focuses on the case of Chile. It examines whether and how particular social actors (including news producers, audiences, and people portrayed in the news) rely on the news to challenge a socio-political system characterized by marketing, depoliticization, and inequality.
Isabel obtained her PhD in Communication from Stanford University (USA) in 2007. Her dissertation, “Journalism, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation: The Case of the Latina/o Community in San José, California,” compared the role of ethnic and mainstream media for the (dis)empowerment of minority communities. Since she moved to the Netherlands, in 2007, Isabel has also conducted research on the relationship between ethnic minorities, the media, and democratic participation in this country.
A native from Chile, Isabel studied journalism and aesthetics in Universidad Católica de Chile. Before moving to the U.S. and to Europe, she worked as a journalism lecturer in Universidad Católica and as a political reporter in a national Chilean newspaper.