Shahira Fahmy, Ph.D.

About Shahira Fahmy, Ph.D.

Dr. Shahira S. Fahmy (Ph.D., Missouri School of Jorunalism) is an internationally renowned scholar in the fields of peace journalism and visual communication, editor of one book and author and co-author of three books, and about 200 refereed articles, book chapters, monographs and conference presentations nationally and internationally. Her research has appeared in all the top-ranked journals in the field. She served as associate editor for the Mass Communication and Society journal for almost a decade and currently is the associate editor of the flagship Journal of Communication. Her most recent book, Media, Terrorism and Society: Perspectives and Trends in the Digital Age, investigates the way emerging technologies are transforming the relationship between media and terrorism in society. Fahmy was the recipient of the visual communication book award by the National Communication Association (NCA) and was awarded two Fulbright awards to work with NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence in the Baltics and UNECA in Africa.

In 2008 Fahmy joined the University of Arizona and is the first and only female Arab-American journalism professor at an American Research university. She also holds courtesy appointments at the UA with the School of Government and Public Policy, the Department of Communication and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and she works closely with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Human Rights Practice program. She is an affiliated member of the Institute of the Environment and the inter-disciplinary research UA faculty community associated with the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

She is on research leave and is currently teaching courses at the American University in Cairo. Fahmy is scheduled to teach an intensive graduate course in media and peaceat the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica in January 2020. 


Fahmy (center) with students, Fall 2014


Research: Recent Refereed Publications (2011-2019)

  • Fahmy, S.(Ed.). (2019). Media, Terrorism and SocietyPerspectives and Trends in the Digital Age. Philadelphia, Routeledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-36064-8
  • Bowe, B., Gosen, J. & Fahmy, S.(2019 Online first). Personal Choice or Political Provocation: Examining the Visual Framing and Stereotyping of the Burkini Debate. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.
  • Fahmy, S.(2019 Online first). The Age of Terrorism Media: The Visual Narratives of the Islamic State Group’s Dabiq Magazine. International Communication Gazette.
  • Al-Rawi, A. & Fahmy, S. (2018). Social Media Use in the Diaspora: The Case of the Syrian Community in Italy. InKarim H. Karim & Ahmed Al-Rawi(Ed.),Diaspora and Media in Europe: Migration, Identity, and Integration.(pp. 71-96).  Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
  • Alkazemi, M., Fahmy, S.,Wanta, W. (2018). The Promise to the Arab World: Attributes of U.S. President Obama in Arabic-Language Tweets. International Communication Gazette, 80(2), 119–134. [Lead article]
  • ​Fahmy, S. (Ed). (2017). Mass Communication and Society. Special Issue. 20 (6), Philadelphia, Routeledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Fahmy, S. & Alkazemi, M. (2017) Visuality/Visualization.In P. Roessler,    International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. (pp. 1-15.) Wiley-International Communication Association (ICA) International Encyclopediasof Communication series. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fahmy, S. el al.(2016). DAESH information campaign and its influence.NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia.
  • Neumann, R. & Fahmy, S. (2016). Measuring journalistic peace/war performance: An Exploratory Study of Crisis Reporters’ Attitudes and Perceptions.International Communication Gazette, 78(3), 223–246.
  • Fahmy, S. (2015). Visual Framing in the Islamic State. NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia.
  • Relly, J.,  Zanger, M. & Fahmy, S. (2015) Democratic norms and social learning: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists' attitudes toward information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.
  • Fahmy, S. & Neumann, R. (2015). Internet wags the world: Understanding web credibility in the context of citizen/professional journalism, Twitter/blog, and Iran’s Green Revolution. International communication research journal (ICRJ), 50(1), 23-46. 
  • Bowe, B., Fahmy, S. & Matthes, J. (2015). Moving Beyond the Religion Next Door: Valence in News Framing of Islam. Newspaper Research Journal, 36(1), 42-57.
  • Relly, J.,  Zanger, M. & Fahmy, S. (2015). News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba’athist Iraq. Mass Communication & Society18(4), 471-497.
  • Relly, J.,  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.
  • Fahmy, S., Bock, M.. & Wanta, W. (2014) Visual Communication Theory and Research: A Mass Communication PerspectivePalgrave Macmillan, New York. 
  • Zhang, J. & Fahmy, S. (2014). Live tweeting at work: The use of social media in public diplomacy. In Guy Golan, Sung-Un Yang & Dennis Kinsey (Ed.), International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Communication and Engagement. (pp. 315-330). Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Ziani, A-K, Fahmy, S. & Elareshi, M. (2014). Arabic-language Newscasts in Four Non-Arab TV Channels: Form and content. Global Media Journal-Arabian Edition.3 (1-2) 38-55.
  • Fahmy, S. & Eakin, B. (2014). High Drama On The High Seas: Peace versus war journalism framing of an Israeli/Palestinian relateed incident. International Communication Gazette.76 (1), 81-105.
  • Ziani, A-K, Fahmy, S. & Elareshi, M. (2014). Young Bahrainis’ use of and perceptions of satellite TV news. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 7(1).
  • Huang, Y. & Fahmy, S. (2013). Picturing a Journey of Protest or a Journey of Harmony?  Comparing the Visual Framing of the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay in U.S. vs. Chinese Press. Media, War & Conflict, 6 (3), 191-206.
  • Fahmy, S. & Al-Emad, M.  (2013, Fall/Spring). Did Al Jazeera's online coverage change over time? Comparing the reporting of the Iraq war in 2004 versus 2007. Global Media Journal-Arabian Edition, 2(1-2), 111-126.
  • Ali, S. & Fahmy, S. (2013). Gatekeeping & citizen journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings in Iran, Egypt, and Libya. Media, War & Conflict. 6(1), 55-69. Doi: 10.1177/1750635212469906.
  • Bowe, B. J., Fahmy, S. & Wanta, W. (2013). Missing religion: The second level agenda setting effect of news coverage of Islam in American newspapers. International Communication Gazette, 75 (7), 636-652.
  • Ali, S. & Fahmy, S. (2013). The icon of the Egyptian revolution: Using social media in the toppling of a Mideast government. In Ralph Berenger  (Ed.), Social media go to war—Civil unrest, rebellion and revolution in the age of twitter. (pp. 383-398). Washington: Marquette Books LLC.
  • Fahmy, S., Mckinley, C.,  Filer, C. & Wright, P.  (2013) “Pulling the plug on grandma”: Obama’s health care pitch, media coverage & public opinion. Advances in Journalism and Communication, 1 (3), 19-25.
  • Fahmy, S. (2012). Filling out the frame: Transnational visual coverage and news practitioners' attitudes towards the reporting of war and terrorism.   Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • Fahmy, S., Wanta, W. & Nisbet, E. (2012). Mediated public diplomacy:  Satellite TV news in the Arab World and perception effects. International Communication Gazette 74(8), 728-49. doi: 10.1177/17480485 11426988.
  • Shin, J. H., Fahmy, S. & Lewis, R. A. (2012).  Katrina study shows human interest photos predominant.  Newspaper Research Journal, 33(1), 38–53. 
  • Neumann, R. & Fahmy, S. (2012). Analyzing the spell of war: A war/peace framing analysis of the 2009 visual coverage of the Sri Lankan civil war in Western newswires. Mass Communication & Society, 15(2), 169-200.  doi: 10.1080/15205436.2011.583192.
  • Fahmy, S. & Johnson, T. (2012). Invasion vs. occupation: A trend analysis of how embeds assess influences and performance in covering the Iraq War. International Communication Gazette, 74(1), 23–42, doi: 10.1177/17480485 11426988.
  • Fahmy, S. & Neumann, R. (2011). Shooting war or peace photographs? An examination of newswires’ coverage of the conflict in Gaza (2008-2009). The American Behavioral Scientist  56(2),NP1-26. doi: 10.1177/0002764211419355
  • Huang, Y. & Fahmy, S. (2011). Same events, two stories: Comparing the photographic coverage of the 2008 Anti-China/Olympics demonstrations in Chinese and U.S. newspapers. International Communication Gazette 73(8), 732-752. doi: 10.1177/1748048511420091.
  • McKinley, C. & Fahmy, S. (2011). Passing the ‘Breakfast Test’: Exploring the effects of varying degrees of graphicness of war photography. Visual Communication Quarterly 18(2), 70-83.
  • Fahmy, S., Wanta, W., Johnson, T. & Zhang, J. (2011). The path to war: Exploring a second-level agenda building analysis examining the relationship among the media, the public and the president. International Communication Gazette 73(4), 322–342. doi: 10.1177/1748048511398598
  • Fahmy, S. & Al-Emad, M. (2011). Al-Jazeera versus Al-Jazeera: A comparison of the network's English- and Arabic- online coverage of the U.S./Al Qaeda conflict. International Communication Gazette 73(3), 216-232. doi: 10.1177/1748048510393656
  • Liu, X. & Fahmy, S. (2011). Exploring the spiral of silence in the virtual world: Individuals' willingness to express personal opinions in online versus offline settings. Journal of Media & Communication Studies 3(2), 45-57.

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  • Ph.D., Missouri School of Journalism
  • M.A., American University in Cairo
  • B.A., American University in Cairo