Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
|Address:||School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Areas of Expertise
Media law; global news; international broadcasting; social movements; Middle Eastern politics and society; Arab-American studies, media and terrorism
William Youmans is an Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism and news media in conflict, his primary research interests include global news media, journalism, media law, and social movements. Other areas of interest include contemporary American public diplomacy, terrorism and international broadcasting.
Youmans wrote his dissertation on Al Jazeera English's audience-building efforts in the United States before and after the "Arab Spring." He is currently researching the development of Arab media law as well as the role of transnational media in US-Arab relations.
Youmans has presented at numerous conferences, including the annual gatherings of the Middle East Studies Association, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the International Studies Association, and the American Sociological Association.
His 2012 paper won an award for the best paper in the International Communication division at the 2013 International Studies Association conference.
Follow him on Twitter @wyoumans.
Ph.D., Communications Studies, University of Michigan, 2012
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2000
“Intermedia Framing and Intercultural Communication: How Other Media Affect American Antipathy Toward Al Jazeera English.” Co-authored with Katie Brown. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (2012), 41(2), 173-191.
“A New Purpose for International Broadcasting: Subsidizing Deliberative Technologies in Non-transitioning States.” Co-authored with Shawn Powers. Journal of Public Deliberation (2012), 8(1), Article 13.
“Social Media and the Activist Toolkit: User Agreements, Corporate Interests, and the Information Infrastructure of Modern Social Movements.” Co-authored with Jillian York. Journal of Communication (2012), (62) 2, 315-329.
“The Debate over Al Jazeera, English in Burlington, VT.” Arab Media & Society (2011), Issue 13, Summer.
SMPA 2173, Media Law
SMPA 3469, International Communication
SMPA 6205, Media, Development and Globalization
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