Omar Hammad


Doctoral Student

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Omar Hammad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies area of the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. His research examines the intersections of Islam, racial identity, gender, and civic engagement on social network sites. His upcoming dissertation explores the hybrid online and offline lives of US Muslims in New York City, and how online spaces facilitate the self-expression and political participation of US Muslims— particularly those who are women, people of color, and young people.

Hammad holds a 2021 Charlotte Newcombe Fellow from the Institute for Citizens and & Scholars. He is a recipient of the 2020 Jack G. and Bernice M. Shaheen Endowed Media Scholarship for excellence in Media Studies and is a 2020 recipient of an Islamic Scholarship Fund award. He was a 2020 Fellow at the Muslim Women and Media Training Institute funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the University of California, Davis. His dissertation advisor is Regina Marchi.


Selected Publications

Hammad, O. (2020). North American Muslim Satire on YouTube: Combatting or Reinforcing Stereotypes?. Journal of Media and Religion, 19(4), 127-144.

Awards & Recognitions

2021 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers Department of Media Studies

2020 top student paper award from the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2020 Presidential Diversity Fellow at AEJMC’s annual conference

2018 top graduate student paper award at the New Jersey Communications Conference