Dr. I. (Isabel) Awad Cherit

Isabel Awad Cherit
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Isabel Awad is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

She specializes on how the news contributes to the inclusion/exclusion of cultural minorities, on journalistic practices, and how journalism operates within neoliberal contexts. The underlying concern of her research is an understanding of the conditions for democratic communication and social justice against a backdrop of social inequality.

Isabel is currently working on research project funded by a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is entitled “Journalism and the tensions of neoliberal democracy” and focuses on the case of Chile. It examines whether and how particular social actors (including news producers, audiences, and people portrayed in the news) rely on the news to challenge a socio-political system characterized by marketing, depoliticization, and inequality.

Isabel obtained her PhD in Communication from Stanford University (USA) in 2007. Her dissertation, “Journalism, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation: The Case of the Latina/o Community in San José, California,” compared the role of ethnic and mainstream media for the (dis)empowerment of minority communities. Since she moved to the Netherlands, in 2007, Isabel has also conducted research on the relationship between ethnic minorities, the media, and democratic participation in this country.

A native from Chile, Isabel studied journalism and aesthetics in Universidad Católica de Chile. Before moving to the U.S. and to Europe, she worked as a journalism lecturer in Universidad Católica and as a political reporter in a national Chilean newspaper.

  • T.L. Glasser & I. Awad (2014). Journalism, multiculturalism and the struggle for solidarity. In C. Christians & K. Nordenstreng (Eds.), Communication theories in a multicultural world (pp. 273-292). New York: Peter Lang
  • I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity: The “New Style” of Dutch Public Broadcasting. In G. Titley, K. Horsti & G. Hultén (Eds.), National Conversations: Public service media and cultural diversity in Europe (pp. 85-104). Bristol, UK: Intellect
  • I. Awad (2008). What does it take for a newspaper to be Latina/o? A participatory definition of ethnic media (pp. 83-96). In N Carpentier & B De Cleen (Eds.), Participation and media production. Critical reflections on content creation (pp. 83-96). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • I. Awad (2019, januari 30). Erasmus Tiger Lecture, International Film Festival Rotterdam. Rotterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • I. Rots & I. Awad (2019). The case of documentary series Schuldig: How the controversial genre ‘poverty porn’ can be used to effectively tackle poverty. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Nijmegen (2019, februari 7 - 2019, februari 8).
  • I. Blum, I. Awad & J. Van Sterkenburg (2018). The new media landscape and the return of Black athlete activism in the US: The case of Colin Kaepernick. Sport and Discrimination Conference: Oxford Brookes University (2018, september 4 - 2019, september 4).
  • I. Blum, I. Awad & J.C. van Sterkenburg (2018). Colin Kaepernick and Black Athlete Activism in the US: How New Media is Changing the Game Again. Conference “Changing the rules of the game? Two-day symposium on sport and media: Loughborough (2018, mei 16 - 2018, mei 17).
  • I. Awad (2018). From digital to neoliberal: Reinterpreting current developments in journalism. 9th annual Rebele Symposium: Stanford University (2018, mei 11 - 2018, mei 11).
  • B.C.M. Kester, I. Awad & N. Ruigrok (2017). Dutch Journalism Students: shifting motivation, role perceptions and preferences. ECREA conference Trial & Error – Media education in a changing media world: Tilburg (2017, mei 17 - 2017, mei 18).
  • I. Awad, J. Engelbert & N. de Vette (2017). Poor and sexy: Anti-poverty campaigns in the age of neoliberalism. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Tilburg (2017, januari 26 - 2017, januari 27).
  • B.C.M. Kester & I. Awad (2016). Dutch journalism students in a changing media and educational environment. Bi-annual conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): Prague (2016, november 9 - 2016, november 12).
  • I. Awad, L. Hermans, N. Drok & B.C.M. Kester (2015). Journalistic values across generations: Comparing practitioners and journalism students in the Netherlands. Future of Journalism conference: Cardiff University (2015, september 10 - 2015, september 11).
  • I. Awad, S. Azrioual, T. Cieraad, A. Costa, K. De Vries, J.M. Engelbert, I. Lochem, A. Nzume, J. Olivieira, J.C. van Sterkenburg, A.A. van Stipriaan Luiscius & J.R. Ward (Ed.). (2015). PIET: Handboek voor een moderne Sinterklaasviering. Rotterdam/Amsterdam: Trichis / Noturban
  • I. Awad (2015). What is really new in today’s news? The need to redefine neoliberalism in journalism studies. 2nd conference: Media and Governance in Latin America: Exploring the Role of Communication for Developmen: University of Sheffield (2015, juni 25 - 2015, juni 26).
  • I. Awad (2015). Digital journalism, neoliberal journalism? Contribution to the panel: Normative theories of digital journalism. Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA): Puerto Rico (2015, mei 21 - 2015, mei 25).
  • B.C.M. Kester & I. Awad (2015). Dutch journalism students looking at (their future in) journalism. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap: Antwerp (2015, februari 2 - 2015, februari 3).
  • J.C. van Sterkenburg, J. Engelbert & I. Awad (2015). Organizer of international conference - ECREA section Media Migration and Diaspora.
  • I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2014). Communication equality in promotional times: New challenges for media literacy. Bi-annual conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): Lisbon (2014, november 12 - 2014, november 15).
  • J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2014). The mediated politics of migration and risk management. Meaning of Migration Conference: Cardiff University, Cardiff (UK) (2014, april 17 - 2014, april 17).
  • I. Awad, J.M. Engelbert, J.C. van Sterkenburg, A.A. van Stipriaan Luiscius & C. Peters (2014, december 1). Universiteit ontwijkt het Zwarte Piet-debat. Volkskrant , pp. 22-22.
  • I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2014). Poor women’s struggle for housing in the neoliberal South: The role of the media. Annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA): Chicago (2014, mei 21 - 2014, mei 24).
  • I. Awad (2014). Can journalists and poor people have a say? A blind spot in the sociology of news. Conference “The Unlovable Press. Conversations with Michael Schudson": University of Groningen (2014, juni 16 - 2014, juni 16).
  • I. Awad (2014, april 26). Periodismo, pobreza y la necesidad de escuchar de verdad [Journalism, poverty and the importance of listening]. La Tercera , pp. T11.
  • I. Awad (2014). Neoliberalism in journalism studies: Beyond the news of economics and the economics of news. 2nd conference Media and Governance in Latin America: Exploring the Role of Communication for Development: University of Sheffield (2014, mei 13 - 2014, mei 14).
  • I. Awad & J.M. Engelbert (2014). Between diversity and pluriformity. Multiculturalism: Where do we go from here? (hosted by ECREA’s Diaspora, Media & Migration section): University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) (2014, maart 28 - 2014, maart 29).
  • I. Awad & M.A. Bulnes (2013). From the slum to the university classroom: Media training to fight poverty in neoliberal Chile. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) (Media Education Research Section): Dublin (2013, juni 25 - 2013, juni 29).
  • I. Awad (2013). Neoliberalism and the marketing of misery: News from Chile’s 'largest ghetto'. Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap: Rotterdam (2013, februari 7 - 2013, februari 8).
  • I. Awad (2012). The new newsworthiness of poverty: Neoliberal news for non-neoliberal purposes. Conference: the Future of Journalism: Cardiff, UK (2012, september 12 - 2012, september 13).
  • I. Awad (2012). Understanding media from the perspective of audiences. Summer School 2012 of the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS): University of Groningen (2012, juni 29 - 2012, juni 29).


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