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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Aziz Douai
PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Dean - School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Communication and Digital Media Studies

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 305
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3790

aziz.douai@ontariotechu.ca


Background

Dr. Aziz Douai is Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, Managing Editor of the American Communication Journal, and Director of the Digital Life Media Lab at Ontario Tech University. He earned his PhD in Mass Communications from the Pennsylvania State University and master’s degree in Advertising from Boston University. He is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship and the Insight Development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In addition to supervising student research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has lectured on international communications and media studies in the U.S., Switzerland and Canada.

Dr. Douai’s research interests focus on global communications, social and political implications of new media, political economy of communications, media and terrorism, and ethnic media. A specialist in international communications, his research has encompassed global media and international politics including news media’s coverage of terrorism. He is the co-editor of New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa (IGI-Global, 2013). He has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters in international peer-reviewed periodicals including:

  • Canadian Journal of Communication
  • Global Media Journal
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Journal of International Communication
  • Technology in Society

Education

  • PhD, Mass Communication Pennsylvania State University

Courses taught

  • Communication and Culture
  • Globalization and International Communication
  • Communication Capstone
  • Media and Crime (graduate)

Research and expertise

Dr. Douai’s research areas include social and political implications of new media, global communications, media and crime, and Arab media and politics. He conducts research on global media and international conflict, Arab journalism, as well as new media and political activism.

Involvement

  • Selected publications

    Olorunnisola, A., & Douai, A. (Eds.) (2013). New media influence on social and political change in Africa. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global, (518 pages).

    Douai, A., & Brady, M. (Eds.) (2013). Mediated social movements after the financial collapse: From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. Special issue of The American Communication Journal, 15(1), 62 pages.

    Douai, A. (2014). “The police and the populace”: Canadian media’s visual framing of the G20 Toronto Summit. Canadian Journal of Communication, 39(2), 175-192 P.

    Douai, A. (2014). The “presumed” influence of US international broadcasting: Understanding Arab audiences’ responses to Al-Hurra Television. Democratic Communiqué (DC), 26(2), 138-159.

    Douai, A., & Wu, T. (2014). News as business: The Global Financial Crisis and Occupy Movement in The Wall Street Journal. Journal of International Communication, 20(2), 148-167.

    Ben Moussa, M., & Douai, A. (2014). The digital transformation of Arab news: Is there a future for online news after the “Arab Spring”? Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 3(2), 133-154.

    Douai, A., Auter, P., & Domangue, D. (2013). The “news blog”: Social media and global news coverage of the Arab “Democracy Spring.” Ralph D. Berenger (Ed.), Social media go to war: Unrest, rebellion and revolution in the age of Twitter, pp. 495-510. Washington: Marquette Books.

    Douai, A., & Nofal, H. K. (2012). Commenting in the online Arab public sphere: Debating the Swiss minaret ban and the “Ground Zero” mosque online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 17, 266–282.

    Kim, S., & Douai, A. (2012). Google vs. China’s “Great Firewall”: Ethical implications for free speech and sovereignty. Technology in Society, 24, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2012.02.002.

    Douai, A. (2012). “In YouTube we trust”: The role of video exchange in Arab political reform. In J. Lannon and E. Halpin (Eds), Human rights and information communication technologies: Trends and consequences of use, (pp. 57-71). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.