Scholar. Media Maker. Archivist.
the global middle east
Arab American studies
law & policy
William Lafi Youmans is an Associate Professor at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. He is also the director of the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at GWU.
Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism, power and communication, his primary research interests include global news, media industries, technology, law and politics. His other areas of research interest include international broadcasting, Middle East politics, and Arab American studies.
PROJECTS: Arab American TV Archive | Documentary on Alex Odeh
Framing Covid-19: Constitutional Versus Demagogic Rhetoric in Presidential Messaging.
Rhetoric and Recollection: Recounting the George W. Bush Administration’s Case for War in Iraq.
How the Central Intelligence Agency recruited Arab Detroit: Government Communication, Interpellation and Citizenship.
"An Unlikely Audience is the story of the Al Jazeera's uphill efforts to gain a share of the news market in the United States.
It shows how cities are places of consequence for international media."
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