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 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 is currently a 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.
Hammad, O. (2021, forthcoming). North American Muslim satire on YouTube: Combatting or reinforcing stereotypes? Journal of Media & Religion. 19(4).
Awards & Recognitions
· 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.