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Dr. Rasha A. Abdulla is Associate Professor (tenured) and Past Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is the proud recipient of several international teaching and research awards. Her current research interests focus on the Internet as a medium. Her doctoral dissertation (2003) was the first large scale academic study of the uses and gratifications of the Internet among Arab students in Egypt. She is the author of "The Internet in Egypt and the Arab World," [in Arabic, Afaq Publications]; "The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond" [Peter Lang, Inc]; "Policing the Internet in the Arab World" [the Emirates Center for Strategic Study and Research]; and numerous other research articles, reports, and book chapters, including the Open Society Foundations Mapping Digital Media report for Egypt. Her other research interests include media in transition; media uses and effects; social media and political participation; public service television; and freedom of expression.

Dr. Abdulla has taught at the University of Miami; Georgia State University; and Portland State University in the United States. She has spoken or guest lectured at numerous universities including Stanford University; University of Southern California; Columbia University; Marquette University; California State University at Long Beach; Florida International University; San Francisco State University; University of California, Santa Barbara; and Aarhus University in Denmark. She is an international consultant, providing research and training to a list of national and international clients, including UNESCO; the Carnegie Foundation; IREX; Internews; the Open Society Foundations; the Anna Lindh Foundation; Panos Institute Paris; Cospe International; Media Diversity Institute; the African Journalists' Union; and others. Dr. Abdulla is an occasional op-ed writer, and appears frequently on national and international media. She tweets regularly at @RashaAbdulla