Professor Noha Mellor

Professor of Media

Noha Mellor

I am a Professor of Media, with a special focus on pan-Arab media, and co-director of the Centre for International Media Analysis, Research & Consultancy (with Prof Jon Silverman). I am also Adjunct Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden).

My main research interests are Arab journalism and media, and mediated religion. Besides my academic experience, I have previous professional experience in journalism as News Producer both for the Danish Broadcasting and the BBC World Service, and I contributed to international media outlets such as the New York Times, Reuters, and Financial Times.

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I am Associate Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and have been Academic Adviser at the Freedom House, USA. I have provided evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee as well as the Defence Select Committee (UK Parliament); and briefed several organisations including the FCO; Home Office; OFCOM; US Naval Academy; and Freedom House. I contributed to evaluations of media development projects funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-2011), carried out under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme.

I've offered advice and consultancy to various organisations including Oxford Analytica, the Danish Institute for International Studies, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), BBC World Service Trust & Carter-Ruck Media Lawyers, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations; I was also the EUROMED and Media representative at the EU Ministerial Meeting on Culture, 30 May 2008, Athens.


  • Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • MA, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • BA, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Diploma in Marketing & Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • BA, Cairo University, Egypt

Research grants

  • Anna Lindh Foundation (EU)
  • British Academy, UK
  • Danish National Press Education Award (twice)
  • Carlsberg Foundation Award (twice)

External roles

  • Member of the UKRI panel college for the Future Leaders Fellowships scheme
  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
  • Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
  • Trustee, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
  • Associate Editor, British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Member of the editorial board of the following journals: Journalism Studies, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • External Panel Member for Professorial Appointments at Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Georgetown University (USA), Ontario Tech University (Canada), Dublin City University (Ireland), the American University in Sharjah (UAE), the American University in Beirut (Lebanon), Bahrain University (Bahrain) and Yarmouk University (Jordan).
  • PhD external examiner at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2018); Edinburgh University (2016), Sussex University (2016), City Birmingham University (2015), Northampton University (2015), Oxford University (2014), University of West London (2014), Bournemouth University (2012 & 2020), Leicester University (2011, 2013 & 2015); University of Westminster (2011); Bradford University (2010); Sheffield University (2010 & 2015); Bedfordshire University (2009); Ghent University, Belgium (2017); Copenhagen University, Denmark (2009).
  • Juror, Middle East Broadcasting Award (2006-07).
  • Publishing Adviser for Oxford University Press; Indiana University Press; Edinburgh University Press; I B Tauris; Sage; Palgrave; Bloomsbury Academic
  • Member of the following societies: The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies, & Euromed and the Media.



  • Routledge Handbook on Arab Media (2020, Routledge).
  • Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood (2017, Routledge).
  • Political Islam and Global Media: The Boundaries of Religious Identity (2016, Routledge).
  • Reporting in the MENA Region. Cyber Engagement and Pan-Arab Social Media (2015, Rowman & Littlefield)
  • The Egyptian Dream - Egyptian National Identity and Uprisings (2015, Edinburgh University Press).
  • Arab journalists in transnational media. NY: Hampton Press (translated into Arabic by the Egyptian National Translation Centre, 2012).
  • Arab Media Industries. Cambridge: Polity (translated into Arabic, 2011)
  • Modern Arab Journalism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (translated into Arabic).
  • The Making of Arab News. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (translated into Arabic, 2008).
  • Compendium in contrastive Danish-Arabic syntax. Copenhagen: Special-pædagogisk Forlag (in Danish).

Selected articles and chapters

  • The Making of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Faith Brand. Middle East Law and Governance, Vol. 13 (2021).
  • Islamising the Palestinian-Israel conflict: the case of the Muslim Brotherhood. The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 44(4): 513-528.
  • Who Represents the Egyptian Revolutionaries, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19(1): 82-98.
  • Audience Research in the Arab World, Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 6(2-3): 201-216.
  • The Two Faces of Media Liberalisation. Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19(2): 265-271.
  • The State of Arab Journalism Studies, in Mimi Kirk, Leila Hudson & Adel Iskandar (eds.) Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring. Palgrave, 2014.
  • Bin Laden's Women. In Susan Jeffords & Fahed Al-Summait (eds.) After Bin Laden: Political Actors, News Media and Popular Cultures. University of Illinois Press, 2014.
  • Arab British Muslims and Religious Media, in Ehab Galal (ed.) Arab Audiences of Religious Media. NY: Peter Lang, 2014.
  • Gender Boundaries inside the Newsroom, Journal for Gender Studies, Vol. 22(1): 79-91.
  • The culture of witnessing: Arab Reporters re-Writing the History of Iraq War. Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication, special issue, Vol. 12(2): 103-117.
  • 'My Eyes were there' – A Comparative Analysis of War Reporters' Testimonies, Journal of War and Culture Studies, special issue on 'Reporting War', Vol. 5(3): 157-171.
  • Hearts of Steel. Feminist Media Studies. Vol. 12(2): 180-194.
  • New Modes of Communication: Web Representations and Blogs. In Suad Joseph (ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Brill, 2012.
  • Covering 9/11 in pan-Arab press. In Barbie Zelizer & Allan Stuart (eds.) Journalism after 9/11, 2nd edition. London & NY: Routledge, 2011.
  • More than a Parrot – Saudi Women in the Journalistic Field. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 4(4): 207-222.
  • Assessing the role of Arab women in the media sector. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, Vol. 4(4): 151-158.
  • A collective diasporic power? The challenge of unionizing Arab Journalists in transnational media. Journalism Practice, Vol. 4(4): 492-506.
  • Is there an Islamic media theory? Journalism Practice, Vol. 4(2), 2010.
  • War as a Moral Discourse. International Communication Gazette, Vol. 71(5): 409-427.
  • Strategies for Autonomy. Arab journalists reflecting on their roles. Journalism studies. Vol. 10(3): 307-321.
  • Politics of Mitigation. Critical Discourse Studies. Vol. 6 (1): 31–49.
  • Arab journalists as cultural intermediaries, International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 13(4): 465-483.
  • Journalists as Eyewitnesses. In M Al Rashid (ed.) Dying for Faith. London: I.B. Tauris, 2009.
  • The paradox of Saudi media monopoly in the Arab region. In M al-Rasheed (ed.) Kingdom Without Borders. London: Hurst, 2008.

Selected talks/lectures

I have delivered talks and lectures in various institutions and universities in the UK, Singapore, Canada, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Malta, Spain, Austria, Belgium, and the UAE.

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