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Naila Hamdy

  • Position: Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Research
  • Department: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Email: nailah@aucegypt.edu
Brief Biography

Naila Hamdy is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at The American University in Cairo, Egypt (AUC).  She is also the associate dean for research and graduate studies, at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP). Hamdy was also the former chair of her department (2014-2017 and 2008-2010) and the graduate director (2007-2008 and 2017-2018) and undergraduate director (2004-2007). She has extensive experience in curriculum development and has designed courses and degrees for universities and professional training in Egypt and the region. Hamdy is also the past president and a member of the board of the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE), a member of the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Hamdy is a former television journalist (CBS News, ZDF) who continues to contribute to the journalism field through her work in media development. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Independent Egyptian Editors Forum (EEF). She is also a member of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) and the Global Network of Editors (GEN).  In addition to her listing in the Who is She in the Egypt database, published by the Women and Memory Forum.

Her research focuses on the journalism profession and culture in Egypt and the Arab Region, media development, transition and transformation news production, social media and digital technologies, traditional and online news audiences and political engagement, and media literacy. She has published her papers in the Communication Gazette, Journal of Middle East Media, The Global Media Journal, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, the Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture and the Journal of Communication. She has also published several chapters in peer-reviewed international academic books.

Hamdy has delivered lectures and presentations at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, The Media Development forum, Germany, The African Journalists’ Union, and the Women in News, World Association of Newspaper Editors WAN-IFRA amongst others. 

    Research Interest
    • Journalism Profession
    • News Production, Social Media and Digital Technologies
    • International Communication
    • Media Development and Transitional Phases
    • Media and Political Participation
    • Media Literacy
    • Hamdy N. (2017). Reporting Egypt. In Z. Harbe (Ed.), Reporting the Middle East: The Practice of News in the Twenty-first Century, IB Taurus, UK.
    • Hamdy N. (2016). The Arab Journalism Culture.  In M. Zayani, & S. Mirghani (Eds.), Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings, Oxford University Press, UK.
    • Hamdy, N. (2015). “Egypt Shifts Towards a Networked Journalism Paradigm. “Journal of Muslim Media and Research (1), 3-20.
    • Hamdy, N. (2013). “Arab Investigative Journalism Post Political Changes”, Journal of Muslim Media and Research 1(6), 66-90.
    • Hamdy, N. (2013). Prediction of Media Credibility in Egypt’s Post-Revolution Transitional Phase. Global Media Journal - American Edition, 12(22) 
    • Hamdy, N., & Gomaa, E. (2012). Framing the Egyptian uprising in Arabic Language Newspapers and Social Media. Journal of Communication, 62(2), 195-221.
    • Hamdy, N. (2009). Arab Citizen Journalism in Action: Challenging Mainstream Media Authorities and Media Laws. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 6(1) 92-112.
    • Ramaprasad, J. & Hamdy, N. (2006). Functions of Egyptian Journalists: Perceived Importance and Actual Performance. International Communication Gazette, 68(2), 167-185.
    • PhD, Cairo University, Egypt
    • 1996: MA, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
    • 1980: BA, University of San Francisco, USA


    • JRMC 337 (Electronic newsgathering and scriptwriting)
    • JRMC 471 (Online journalism)
    • JRMC 475 (Special topics in mass communication)
    • JRMC 301 (Mass media editing and design)
    • JRMC 201 (Mass media writing)
    • JRMC 200 (Introduction to mass communication)
    • JRMC 482 (Media convergence capstone)


    • JRMC 543 (Television news production I)
    • JRMC 547 (Television news production II)
    • JRMC 537 (Electronic news gathering workshop)
    • JRMC 539 (Advanced news gathering workshop)
    • JRMC 502 (Current issues in mass communication)
    • JRMC 520 (Seminar in international communication)
    • 2017: Academic Community Engagement Award. Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Liberal Arts Academy, AUC
    • 2017: Exceptional Contribution to Graduate Community. Graduate Student Association Award, AUC
    • 2016: Provost Certificate of Appreciation: Teaching Enhancement Initiative, AUC
    • 2016: Excellence in Research Award, Arab US Communication Association 21st annual conference (AUSACE), Morocco
    • 2013: Excellence in Research Award, Arab US Communication Association 17th annual conference (AUSACE), Georgia, US
    • 2008: Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Business, Economics and Communication, AUC