Maggy Zanger

About Maggy Zanger

Teaching and research focuses on international journalism, the Middle East and Islamic world, US-Mexico Border; media coverage of conflict and humanitarian crises; Iraq, Egypt, Kurdistan; media development; and community journalism. Am affialited faculty and serve on the Governing Board of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


  • • B.A., M.A., University of Arizona;
  • • M.S.L. (Master of Studies in Law), Yale Law School

Courses Taught at the UA

  • Jour 150C1 News in a Digital Age
  • Jour 109 Introduction to Jouranlism
  • J 205 Reporting the News
  • J 320A Editing
  • J 402/502 Media and Terrorism
  • J 412F/512 Magazine Writing and Development
  • J 426/526 Reporting the Middle East
  • J 411 Feature Writing
  • J/MENAS 458/558 International Opinion Writing
  • J 490B Community Journalism: El Independiente
  • J 496D/596D Journalism Seminar - Issues in Covering the Environment
  • J 496D/596D Journalism Seminar - International Reporting
  • Jour/MENAS 496F/596F Media Coverage of International Crises

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Publications and Research

  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Democratic norms and forces of gatekeeping: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists’ attitudes toward government information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba'athist Iraq. Mass Communication and Society, 18(4), 471-497.
  • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Professional role perceptions among Iraqi Kurdish journalists from a 'state within a state.' Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1085-1106.
  • Op-ed. “Higher purpose found in fighting distant war,” Arizona Daily Star, August 2015.
  • Op-ed. “Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees,” Tucson, September 9, 2015. 
  • Op-ed. "A Concise Guide to What's Happening in Iraq," Arizona Daily Star, June 20, 2014.

Past Academic Positions

  • Lecturer, American University in Cairo, 1999 – 2003
  • Adjunct lecturer, University of Arizona, 1987 – 1992

Past Professional Positions

  • Iraq Country Director, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Baghdad, 2003 – 2005
  • Publications Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1995 –1999
  • Assistant Editor, Middle East Report, Washington, DC, 1992 – 1999

Professional Organizations

  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Global Service Award by UA Global Initiatives and the UA Center for English as a Second Language, for efforts “to internationalize the UA experience through border reporting curriculum and development of dual master programs and study abroad programs in the School of Journalism.” 2015.
  • Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
  • Knight Journalism Fellow, Yale Law School, 1988 - 1989

Research Summary

International journalism; media, conflict and humanitarian crises; Iraq and Kurdistan; media development, community journalism

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Contact Information

Maggy Zanger
Professor of Practice
Telephone: 520-621-5710 or 520-661-2742
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 323D