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William Lafi Youmans Faculty Member

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William Lafi Youmans is an Associate Professor at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and Elliott School of International Affairs. Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism, power and communication, his primary research interests include global news, technology, law and politics. His other areas of research interest include international broadcasting, Middle East politics, and Arab-American studies. Youmans wrote a book, Unlikely Audience: Al Jazeera's Struggle in America (Oxford UP, 2017), about the Qatari news network's efforts to gain a share of the news market in the United States, 2006-2016. In 2021, he was an Inclusive Imperative fellow at the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. He has been quoted in articles that ran in Salon, Washington Post, Newsweek, Variety and The New York Times, among others. He was a guest on on CBC Radio, WAMU/NPR, Headline News, Al Jazeera English and ARD. He wrote a regular column for the Gulf News, but has also been published in the Washington Post, Middle East Report, and Nieman Journalism Lab. Youmans presented at academic 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.

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