Dr. Nabil Dajani is professor of communication and media studies in the department of sociology, anthropology and media studies. Born in Jerusalem he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a PhD in mass communications theory and research from the University of Iowa in the United States of America.
Dr. Dajani helped found the Mass Communications Program at AUB and served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences between 1979 and 1984. Prof. Dajani also served as Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Mass Communication Research at Leister University, and as Fullbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University. He is presently serving as President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB (WAAAUB).
Between 1971 and 1975 Prof. Dajani served as a member of UNESCO’s International Panel of Experts on Communication Research that contributed to initiating the international debate for a new world communication order. He also was an active member of the International Association for Mass Communication Research serving as a member of its "international board", 1972-84, and as a member of its “21st Century Task Force”, 1996-98.
Dr. Dajani specializes in the study of the role of the media in society with an emphasis on the Lebanese and Arab media. He is also an active volunteer with non-governmental organizations. He is a founding member and first chairperson of the Board of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) and board member of the Center for the Freedom of the Press in the MENA region. He also served as President of the Faculty Association of the American University of Beirut and General Secretary of the AUB Alumni Association. Currently he is serving a second term as President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAA-AUB).
Prof. Dajani is the author of several books and published some fifty research articles in professional journals in English and Arabic. He has contributed to some eighty international and regional professional communication meetings.
1. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Mass Communication, University of Iowa, USA, 1968.
2. Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology, American University of Beirut
3. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology, American University of Beirut
II. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
a. Membership in Professional Organizations
b. Consulting Work
Undertook consulting missions for:
c. Membership in University Committees
d. Membership in Civic Organizations:
I. BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
Also contributed to numerous documents as well as reports prepared by UN and other international professional communication meetings.