Ali Khalill

Assistant Professor - Coordinator, Internship DXB
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  • Address: Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF3.2.056

Ali Khalil joined Zayed University in 2017, first as a member of the College of Communication and Media Sciences, before becoming a faculty member at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in January 2020. He has more than 15 years of experience in journalism, including 13 years with the global newswire Agence France-Presse (AFP) as Gulf correspondent based in Dubai. Prior to that, he was a journalist with the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat in London. He also served as an adjunct faculty at the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah from 2012 to 2016.


Ph.D - Middle Eastern Studies. Durham University, UK.

MA – Middle East Politics. Durham University, UK.

BA – Journalism, Lebanese University, Lebanon.  


Arabic, English, French

Research and Professional Activities

Research interests: My current research interests are interdisciplinary, combining media studies with social sciences areas, with particular focus on social movement activism, women rights and gender equality.

Keywords: social movements, activism, women rights, gender equality, social media

Teaching Areas

SOC 200 – Social and Economic Trends in the Gulf (undergraduate)

SOC 341 – Development and Underdevelopment (undergraduate)

COM 210 – Introduction to Media Storytelling (undergraduate)

COM 240 – Media Law and Ethics (undergraduate)


  • Khalil, A & Dhanesh, G (2020). Gender Stereotyping in Television Advertising in the Middle East - Time for Marketers and Advertisers to Step Up. Business Horizons63 (5), 671-679 . 10.1016/j.bushor.2020.05.004
  • Khalil, A & Khakimova Storie, L. (2020) Social media and connective action: The case of the Saudi women’s movement for the right to drive. New Media and Society.
  • Christensen, B & Khalil, A (2021). Reporting Conflict from Afar: Journalists, Social Media, Communication Technologies, and War, Journalism Practice, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2021.1908839