Dr. Sahar Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media. Previously, she served as Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department at Qatar University, and was a Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. Dr. Khamis holds a PhD in Mass Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester in England. She is the co-author of the books, Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Dr. Khamis is also the author and co-author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of prestigious academic and professional awards and serves as a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and of Arab and Muslim media, in particular. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, and a human rights commissioner in the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland. She presents a monthly radio show on “U.S. Arab Radio,” the first Arab-American radio station broadcasting in the United States and Canada.