Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies and the director of the Center for the Study of Muslim & Arab Worlds at California State University, San Bernardino. She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and was one of the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She has an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Digital Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, social justice and diasporic communities. Her most recent project is her award-wining documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe. The film, co-produced and co-directed with Andy Trimlett, focuses on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences on the Palestinian nation which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. She won the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance “Story Teller” Award. The film also won the Jerusalem International Film Festival’s 2019 Special Jury Award in the Feature Documentary category. Currently, she works on a new documentary on the three young Muslims who were murdered in Chapel Hill in 2015, and the state of racism and Islamophobia in the United States.
Ahlam Muhtaseb earned her doctorate in Mass Communication (2003) from the University of Memphis. Her Master degree was in Journalism/Public Relations.
Digital media & social movements online, narrative theory, critical approaches, postcolonial theory.
Research and Teaching Interests
She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in public relations and media studies, including Introduction to Public Relations; Public Relations in Communication; Issues Management; Crisis Communication; Strategic Public Relations; Gender, Race, & Media; International Communication; and Digital Culture. Her research interests are digital media, social justice, social movements, and narrative theory.