American Univesity of Beirut

Sara Mourad

​Sara Mourad is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, where she also co-directs the Women & Gender Studies Program. She received her PhD in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Political Science at AUB. Sara’s work is at the intersection of cultural studies, feminist theory, and Middle East Studies. Her book in process, on  women’s narratives in postwar Lebanese public culture, examines novels, films, television series, and activist publications to consider how womanhood has been constituted as an identity and how female narrative shaped the formation of feminism as a cultural field in contemporary Lebanon. Sara is also working on a book of essays about motherhood and the question of time in feminism. In 2018, she was awarded a fellowship as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.  Her research and writing on media and gender politics in the Arab world is published in the International Journal of CommunicationCritical Studies in Media CommunicationThe Journal of Communication InquiryJadaliyya, Legal Agenda, and Daraj


Arab Media & Popular Culture 
Feminist Theory 
Queer Studies 
Cultural Studies 


MCOM 201: Introduction to Media Studies 
MCOM 202: Communication Theory 
MCOM 203: Arab Media & Society 
MCOM 260: Senior Seminar in Media Studies 
MCOM 290: The Female Plot: Autobiography as Feminist Form
MCOM ​​317: Sex, Gender, and Media in the Middle East


Kraidy, M. & Mourad, S. (2014). Crossing the Red Line: Public Intimacy and National Reputation in Saudi Arabia. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(5), 380-394.

Mourad, S. (2014). The Naked Body of Alia: Gender, Citizenship, and the Egyptian Body Politic. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38(1), 62-78.
Mourad, S. (2013). Queering the Mother Tongue. International Journal of Communication, 7. Special Section: “Doing It: Methodological Challenges of Communication Research on Sexuality,” edited by K. Sender & L. Comella.
Kraidy, M. & Mourad, S. (2010). Hypermedia Space and Global Communication Studies: Lessons from the Middle East. Global Media Journal, 9(16).
Other Publications
Mourad, S. (forthcoming). “The Mother Rallies: Custody as an Issue of Public Concern.” Legal Agenda Magazine
Mourad, S. (Sep. 30, 2019). “Nawwaf al-Moussawi: Between Fatherhood and Patriarchy.” Daraj. 
Mourad, S. (March 2018). “Sexual Politics in Postwar Lebanon.” Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.


PhD University of Pennsylvania 
MA University of Pennsylvania 
BA American University of Beirut ​

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