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Aziz Douai

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.