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  • Program: Television and Film

  • Position: Assistant Professor

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  • Current Courses: JSC 419 Media Law and Ethics, JSC 488A Topics: Media and Gender, COM 312 Communication and Gender

  • Previous Courses: JSC 312 Media & Society, TVF 222 Introd. to Audio Visual Media

  • Degrees: PhD in Media Law and Regulation

Dr. Dima Dabbous is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts. Her research interests include Lebanese media coverage of confessional violence, gender and religion on reality television, and media regulation in the Arab world.

She is also a senior consultant on media laws for UNESCO and visiting assistant professor in the Centre on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University, California (http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/people/dima-dabbous )

Dr. Dabbous was the director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at LAU between 2005 and 2013, and she is the editor-in-chief of the University’s flagship feminist publication, al-Raida, which she turned into a refereed academic journal in 2013.

She has published several scholarly books, articles, and studies on broadcast policies and regulation in Lebanon and the Arab world, with particular emphasis on public service broadcasting, cultural diversity, and the effects of WTO on cultural production and exchange. Her more recent publications applied critical discourse analysis to news bulletins and religious talk shows on Arab satellites.


Stanford Working Paper

“Freedom of Expression in Lebanon: Publications Court Jurisprudence on Competing Fundamental Human Rights” (forthcoming), study carried out in fulfillment of the terms of my appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University, to be published by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford.

BBC Media Action Study

Assessing Public Service Broadcasting in the Southern Mediterranean Region, BBC Media Action, the UK (74 pages, in print).  

Books and book-length studies

  • Regulating Lebanese Broadcasting: A Policy Analysis (2013). Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. View link here

  • Public Service Broadcasting in the MENA Region: Potential for Reform.Paris: Open University of Barcelona (OMEC) and the Institute Panos Paris, 2012. (pp. 37-197). Title of my 5-chapter study in this book: Arab Public Broadcasting: Regional Synthesis and Comparative Analysis (pp. 37-197) with a reference section (pp. 244-262). English book availablehere. French Version/translated book available here. Catalan version/translated book available here

Book Chapters

  • “Speaking in His Name? Gender, Language and Religion in the Arab Media”, in Jurgen S. Nielsen and Lisbet Christofferson (eds), Shari’a as Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 179-198. Available here.

  • “Ahead of the Bandwagon: Lebanon’s free media market”, in Sylvia Harvey (ed.), Trading Culture: Exploring the ‘Indigenous’ and the ‘Exportable’ in Film and Television Culture. London: John Libbey, 2006, pp. 61-75. Available here

  • “Al I’ilam fi Lubnan” (“The state of the media in Lebanon”) in Al i’ilam fil duwal al arabiyya (The Media in Arab Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Egypt). Beirut: the UNDP and the Arab Centre for the Rule of Law and Integrity. 2007. Pp.189-338. Arabic version availablehere. English Version available here

Journal Articles

  • “TV editorials and elections: a study in the role of implicitness, intertextuality and censorship in Lebanon”, in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Netherlands: Brille Publishers, vol 7, 2014, pp. 255–283.

  • “To Veil or not to veil” gender and religion on Al Jazeera’s Islamic Law and Life” in Westminster Papers for Communication and Culture (WPCC), Vol. 3(2), 2006, pp. 60-85.

  • “From defending ‘Cultural Exception’ to promoting ‘Cultural Diversity’: European cultural policy and the Arab World”, in Quaderns del CAC, No.14, September-December 2002, pp. 33-44.

  • “‘Lost in Translation’ dans le Monde Arabe”, in Jerome Bourdon (ed.), Hors Serie issue 2 of MediMorphoses on public service broadcasting, Paris: The National Audiovisual Institute (INA), 2005, pp. 135-143. 

  • “Media vs. Society: Schizophrenia in an age of Globalization. Towards an effective gender and communication policy for the middle east”, inMedia Development, Vol. XLVII, No. 3/2000. London: World Association for Christian Development (WACC), pp. 14-17.

  • “Who is the prettiest one of all? Hollywood cinema, Egyptian cinema, and the recycling of fairy tales: A structural feminist analysis”, in Al-Raida (The Pioneer), Vol. 16, No. 86-87, Summer-Fall 1999, pp. 40-47, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Beirut.

International Book Review

  • Book review of Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalizing the Arab Other, by Scott Poynting, Greg Noble, Paul Tabar & Jack Collins (Sydney: The Sydney Institute of Criminology) in Global Media and Communication, volume 2(1), pp. 105-108, 2006. London: Sage Publications.

Applied Research Projects

  • Methodology Kit to Conduct an Assessment of the Mission of Public Service Broadcasting in Eight Countries of the MENA Region, Paris:  Institut Panos Paris & Open University of Barcelona (OMEC). 2010 (77 pages)

  • The Lebanese TV editorials during the 2009 elections: A Textual Analysis.Beirut: The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE). 2010 (63 pages).

  • Ad-daleel ila maarifat ahwal al mar’at (Guidebook to knowing the status of women). Developing indicators for the study of women in the Lebanese media. Study published by the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and UNIFEM, Beirut, Lebanon, (pp. 114-122). 2010.

Editor (books and monographs)

  • Dabbous, D., A. Massagee, and K. Muddell (eds.) (2015). Dancing with the Shadows of its Past: The impact of Disappearance on the Wives of the Missing in Lebanon. Author: Christalla Yakinthou New York: International Centre for Transitional Justice.

  • Dabbous-Sensenig, D. (ed.) (2009) Al-Jinsanyya Muhimma, the Arabic adaptation of Sexuality Matters, an edited collection on gender and sexuality published in English by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, and in Arabic by the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, The Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Published Journalistic Articles

  • “Triple trouble: Mixed marriages and interlocking forms of discrimination in Lebanon”, in Al Raida (The Pioneer), Vol. 18-19, No. 93-94, Spring/Summer 2001, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Beirut.

  • “The Power of Advertising: The Middle East”, in Media and Gender Monitor, issue no. 8, 2001, London.

  • “Portrayal of Women in the Media”, in Al-Raida (The Pioneer), Vol. 17, No.88, winter 2000, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Beirut.

International Conference Proceedings

  • “Gender Studies Programs/degrees in the Arab Region”, in Women’s Studies North and South, Bellagio Center, Italy, 13-17 September 2011.

  • “Incorporating an Arab-Muslim perspective in the re-assessment of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action”, paper presented at the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), conference titled: Priorities in follow-up to the ten-year review and appraisal of implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, New York City, and October 31-November 3, 2005.

  • “The Arab World and The Challenge of Introducing Gender-Sensitive Communication Policies”, paper presented at the UN conference, Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), expert group meeting on the Participation and access of women to the media, 12-15 November, 2002, Beirut, Lebanon.


Academic degrees

  • Ph.D. in Media Law and Regulation, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, U.K.

  • M.A. in Media Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

  • B.A. in Communication Arts, Lebanese American University