Magdalena Karolak

Associate Professor
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Dr. Magdalena Karolak is Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, UAE. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics, M.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Latin American Studies; and B.A. in French Language. Prior to working at ZU, Dr. Karolak held Assistant Professor positions in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In 2014-15, she was an American Political Science Association MENA Fellow. Her research interests include transformations of societies in the Arabian Gulf and comparative linguistics. Dr. Karolak has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on the shifting gender relations, social media, culture and identity and political system transformations in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. She is the author of two scholarly monographs. 


Ph.D. In Humanities – Linguistics: A comparative study of the equivalency of Polish past imperfective verbs and French past tenses

M.A. Latin American Studies: Latin America in time of globalization: an analysis of social movements

M.A. Political Science: The Portuguese and Spanish transition to democracy: a comparative study

B.A. French Language: “Electre” of Jean Giraudoux: a modern tragedy inspired by an ancient myth

Previous Positions

COL 155: People, Places & Traditions course coordinator (ZU)


Polish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian  

Informal Interests

Traveling, DIY


Research and Professional Activities

Research interests: communication, social media, sociolinguistics, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, social movements  

Current Projects:

Gulf Cooperation Council Culture and Identities in the New Millennium: Resilience, Transformation, (Re)Creation and Diffusion – a co-edited volume

Teaching Areas


Special Topics: Political Communication


Mirza, C. & Karolak, M. & (2019). GCC Labor Market, Education and Generation Y Females: A match or a mismatch? Journal of International Women’s Studies. (accepted for publication)

Karolak, M. & Guta, H. (2018). Saudi women as decision makers: analyzing the image of the female political participation in Saudi Arabia. Hawwa. (accepted for publication)

Karolak, M. (2018). Social media in democratic transitions and consolidations: what can we learn from the case of

Tunisia?  The Journal of North African Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2018.1482535

Karolak, M. (2018). Cruise tourism in the Middle East. Routledge Handbook on Middle East Tourism. In D. Timothy (Ed.). Routledge.

Karolak, M. (2018). Destination Place Identity, Touristic Diversity and Diversification in the Arabian Gulf. In A. Mishrif & Y. Al Balushi a(Eds.). Economic Diversification in the GCC: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 183-208). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.