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Professor, Political Communication and Arab Media, SOAS, University of London

Dina Matar is professor of Political Communication and Arab media at SOAS. She teaches and researches on critical issues on global media and communication with a focus on the Global South. She is specifically interested in the intersection of communication and politics, political cultures, communication and conflict/.war, social movements and media; digital activism; strategic communication and gender and media in the Arab world.

She is co-author of the Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (Hurst, 2014) and author of "What it Means to Be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood (I.B. Tauris, 2010). She is co-editor of "Narrated Conflict in the Middle East (2013) and Gaza as Metaphor (2016). She is also founding editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (since 2008) and book series editor of "Political Communication and Media Practices in the Middle East and North Africa (2022) and the SOAS Palestine Studies Series, both published by Bloomsbury Academic, London. She is co-editor of the Media, War and Conflict journal.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a senior visiting research fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre..


  • 2018–present
    Reader, SOAS
  • 2012–2018
    Senior Lectuter, SOAS
  • 2007–2012
    Lecturer, SOAS


    Jordan University, BSc. Chemistry
  • 2005 
    LSE, Phd media and Communicaion
  • 1999 
    LSE, MSc. Comparative Politics


  • 2019
    Syrian regime strategic communication,
  • 2018
    The PLO's Culural activism,

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts