Dr. Ahmed K. Al-Rawi served as a communication officer and spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq from 2002 to 2005 and later as a consultant for the ICRC in Amman, Jordan. He also worked as a freelance radio correspondent for the US-based Pacifica Radio Network and Free Speech Radio News as well as a journalist for a number of magazines.
Al-Rawi obtained his M.A. degree in 1999 and his first Ph.D. in English literature from Baghdad University, Iraq in 2004. He did a second Ph.D. study in media and mass communication research at the University of Leicester, UK (2012). The thesis focused on the way Iraqi TV news channels covered the general elections in Iraq in 2010.
Before joining Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011, Al-Rawi taught journalism and communication, intercultural communication, and English language and literature courses for over five years in the Middle East, mostly in the Sultanate of Oman.
Al-Rawi’s research interests include international communication, Arab media, and popular culture. He authored Media Practice in Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and published over 30 research papers and book chapters in a variety of journals such as the International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Communication, Social Science Computer Review, Media, War, & Conflict, Public Relations Review, and Journal of International Communication. His forthcoming book Negotiating Islam on YouTube (Palgrave Macmillan) will explore the role of YouTube in the Middle East. For more information, see Al-Rawi's personal website: www.aalrawi.com.