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Prof.Noha Mellor Academic RankProfessor
Noha Mellor


  • Journalism | Critical Theory | Cultural Studies | Arab media

Research Interests:

  • Arab journalism | Pan-Arab media | Digital inequalities | Religion and media


Noha Mellor is Professor in Media at the University of Sharjah and Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University (UK). She holds PhD, MA and BA degrees from Copenhagen University. She has 20+ years of academic experience at universities in the UK, Sweden, and Denmark. Mellor has a solid research track record of 11 books, and numerous journal articles, and three of the books were translated into Arabic. Mellor has also professional experience as a journalist at the BBC World Service.
Fellow of UK’s Higher Education Academy Supervised to completion 11 Ph.D. students in the UK Ph.D. external examiner at 15 UK universities External Examiner (PG) at the University of Leeds (2022-) Member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism Studies, Arab Media & Society, and Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research Member of the Peer Review College of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (2014-2025), and the UK Research & Innovations Leadership Fellowship Scheme Associate Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2016-2022) Board member of the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) between 2013 and 2019 Academic Adviser at the Freedom House Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (USA) Reviewer for 20+ peer-reviewed journals Reviewer of book manuscripts for 12+ leading publishing houses Member of academic promotion panels in universities in the USA, Ireland, UK, Canada, and the Middle East.
Internal awards, University of Bedfordshire (2018-2019) ( UK£ 2,000 ) Anna Lindh Foundation, Arab Women Artists, (2010) ( UK£10,000 ) British Academy, Arab Journalists in Transnational Media, (2009) ( UK£ 80,000 ) Danish National Press Education and Carlsberg Foundation, PhD stipends, (2003) ( UK£ 2,000 )
Monographs and co-authored books: Mellor, Noha (2023) Arab Digital Journalism. London & NY: Routledge. Mellor, Noha (2018) Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood. London & NY: Routledge. Mellor, Noha (2016) Reporting the MENA Region: Cyber Engagement and Pan Arab Social Media. MD: Rowman & Littlefield (co-author). Mellor, Noha (2011) Arab journalists in transnational media. NY: Hampton Press. Mellor, Noha (2011) Arab Media. Cambridge: Polity (translated into Arabic by Fajr Centre, 2011) Mellor, Noha (2007) Modern Arab Journalism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (translated into Arabic by Obeikan Publishing, Saudi Arabia, 2012). Mellor, Noha (2005) The Making of Arab News. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (translated into Arabic by the Egyptian National Translation Centre, 2008). Edited books: Miladi, Noureddine & Noha Mellor (2022) Routledge Handbook of Arab Media. London & NY: Routledge. Mellor, Noha (2016) Political Islam and Global Media: The Boundaries of Religious Identity. London & NY: Routledge Journal Articles: Mellor, Noha (2021) The Making of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Faith Brand. Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 13(2), pp. 196-214. Mellor, Noha (2017) Islamising the Palestinian-Israel conflict: the case of the Muslim Brotherhood. The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 44(4). Mellor, Noha (2014) Countering Cultural Hegemony - Audience Research in the Arab World. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 6(2-3): 201-216. Mellor, Noha (2014) The two faces of media liberalization. Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19(2): 265-271. Mellor, Noha (2013) Gender Boundaries inside the Newsroom, Journal for Gender Studies, Vol. 22(1): 79-91. Mellor, Noha (2012) The culture of witnessing: Arab Reporters re-Writing the History of Iraq War. Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 12(2): 103-117. Mellor, Noha (2012) My Eyes were there – A Comparative Analysis of War Reporters’ Testimonies. Journal of War and Culture Studies, Vol. 5(2): 157-171. Mellor, Noha (2012) Hearts of Steel. Feminist Media Studies. Vol. 12(2): 180-194. Mellor, Noha (2010) More than a Parrot – Saudi Women in the Journalistic Field. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 4(4): 207-222. Mellor, Noha (2010) Assessing the role of Arab women in the media sector. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 4(4): 151-158. Mellor, Noha (2010) A collective diasporic power? The challenge of unionizing Arab Journalists in transnational media. Journalism Practice, Vol. 4(4): 492-506. Mellor, Noha (2009) War as a Moral Discourse. International Communication Gazette, Vol. 71(5): 409-427. Mellor, Noha (2009) Strategies for Autonomy. Arab journalists reflecting on their roles. Journalism studies. Vol. 10(3): 307-321. Mellor, Noha (2009) Politics of Mitigation. Critical Discourse Studies. Vol. 6 (1): 31–49. Mellor, Noha (2008) Arab journalists as cultural intermediaries, International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 13(4): 465-483. Book Chapters: Mellor, Noha (2023) Syrian women in the digital sphere, in Loubna H. Skalli, Nahed Eltantawy (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Gender, Media and Communication in the Middle East and North Africa. Palgrave. Mellor, Noha (2023) The Muslim Brotherhood’s shifting calls for reform. In Emad Hamdeh and Natana Delong-Bas (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Islamic Reform. Oxford University Press. Mellor, Noha (2022) Analyzing Media Power in the Arab World, in Naila Hamdy and Phil Auter (eds.) Mass Communication in The Modern Arab World. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 51-62. Mellor, Noha (2021) The Syrian press and online media: a driver of Arabism, in Miladi and Mellor (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Arab Media. London & NY: Routledge, pp. 417-427. Mellor, Noha (2021) Media in Yemen – narratives of polarization and fragmentation, in Miladi and Mellor (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Arab Media. London & NY: Routledge, pp. 491-501. Mellor, Noha (2019) The (in)visibility of Arab women in political journalism. In Linda Steiner, Cynthia Carter & Stuart Allan (eds.) Journalism, Gender, and Power. NY & London: Routledge. Mellor, Noha (2016) Islam in the news: The case of Al Jazeera Arabic and the Muslim Brotherhood (co-authored with Mohammed-Ali Abunajela), in Mellor & Rinnawi (eds.) Political Islam and Global Media, London: Routledge, pp. 265-279. Mellor, Noha (2014) The State of Arab Journalism Studies. In Mimi Kirk, Leila Hudson & Adel Iskandar (Eds.) Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring. Palgrave. Mellor, Noha (2011) Covering 9/11 in Pan-Arab press. In Barbie Zelizer & Allan Stuart (eds.) Journalism after 9/11, 2nd edition. London & NY: Routledge.
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