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 (2015). Comunicación y desigualdad: La centralidad de los medios en la lucha por el reconocimiento [Communication and Inequality. The media’s central role in the struggle for recognition]. Cuadernos.info, 36, 10-11.
- J.M. Engelbert & I. Awad (2014). Securitizing cultural diversity: Dutch public broadcasting in post-multicultural and de-pillarized times. Global Media and Communication, 10 (3), 261-274. doi: 10.1177/1742766514552352
- I. Awad (2014). Journalism, poverty, and the marketing of misery: News from Chile's “largest ghetto”. Journal of Communication, 64 (6), 1066-1087. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12124[go to publisher's site]
- I. Awad (2013). Desperately constructing ethnic audiences: Anti-immigration discourses and minority audience research in the Netherlands. European Journal of Communication, 28 (2), 168-182. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323112468684[go to publisher's site]
- I. Awad, M. Hervás & M.A. Bulnes (2013). Dirigentas de campamento y actividad mediática: Más allá de internet [Slum community leaders and media activity: Beyond the internet]. Cuadernos.info, 33 (2), 29-42. doi: 10.7764/cdi.33.534
- I. Awad (2011). Critical multiculturalism and deliberative democracy: Opening spaces for more inclusive communication. Javnost. The Public, 18 (3), 39-54.
- I. Awad (2011). Latinas/os and the mainstream press: The exclusions of professional diversity. Journalism: theory, practice and criticism (online), 12 (5), 515-532. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884911408221
- I. Awad & A. Roth (2011). From minority to cross-cultural programmes: Dutch media policy and the politics of integration. International Communication Gazette (online), 73 (5), 400-418. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748048511405816
- T.L. Glasser, I. Awad & J.W. Kim (2009). The claims of multiculturalism and journalism's promise of diversity. Journal of Communication, 59 (1), 57-78.
Book Contributions (2)
- 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
Semi Scientific Publications (3)
- 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
- 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, 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.
- J.C. van Sterkenburg, J. Engelbert & I. Awad (2015). Organizer of international conference - ECREA section Media Migration and Diaspora.
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