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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: [email protected]
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 has also served as chair of her department (2014-2017 and 2008-2010) and the graduate director (2007-2008 and 2017-2018), and undergraduate director (2004-2007). 

Hamdy is a former television journalist at CBS News, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), who continues to contribute to the journalism field through her work in media development and development of journalism education curricula and has designed courses and degrees for universities and professional training in Egypt and the region.

A media commentator, a public speaker and guest lecturer, she has also been frequently invited to lecture at numerous universities worldwide, including: the Arhus School of Journalism in Denmark, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Thomas Moore University, in Belgium, The Free University of Berlin, The University of Qatar, The University of Salzburg and the American University of the Emirates amongst others. She has also spoken at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, and The Media Development Forum, in Germany.

She is an active board member on several academic and professional boards, such as the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), advisor to the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), and a founding member of the TikTok safety advisory council for the MENAT region. 

She has also been involved in projects for international organizations and associations such as USAID, IREX, UNDP, and WAN-IFRA Women-In-News and the UNAOC. 

Research Interest
  • Arab Media and the 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