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.

  • 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
  • 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, 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 (2015). PIET: Handboek voor een moderne Sinterklaasviering. Rotterdam/Amsterdam: Trichis / Noturban
  • J.C. van Sterkenburg, J. Engelbert & I. Awad (2015). Organizer of international conference - ECREA section Media Migration and Diaspora.
  • 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 (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, 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 (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 (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 & 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 (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).


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