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Noor Ghazal Aswad

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Noor Ghazal Aswad

ABOUT

Noor Ghazal Aswad graduated from North Dakota State University with an MA in Speech Communication, and holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Systems and Management from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (in affiliation with MIT). She earned her B.Sc in Architectural Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. Her recent research interests revolve around climate change communication (in particular understanding the reasons behind the publics' somewhat limited engagement with the climate change issue).

EDUCATION

North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
Masters of Speech Communication, MA

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Abu Dhabi
M.Sc. in Engineering Systems and Management

United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain
B.Sc in Architectural Engineering (Fall 2004-Spring 2009) – Honours

EXPERIENCE

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Methods Lab, University of Memphis.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oral Communication, University of Memphis

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Intercultural Communication Course, North Dakota State University

Research Assistant & Assistant to Director, Institute for the Study of Cultural Diversity (ISCD), North Dakota State University

Junior Programme Officer, IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building Directorate

Research Assistant, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

RESEARCH

Transitional social movements, post-colonialism, immigration rhetorics
Climate Change communication
Intercultural communication
Women in science and engineering fields

PUBLICATIONS

Books (edited collection)
Littlefield, R. S., Currie-Mueller, J., Ghazal-Aswad, N., & Vevea, N. (Eds.). (2014). Intercultural competency: Learning, communicating, and serving. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters
Ghazal Aswad, N. (2020). Fragmented paradigms of transculturality: Negotiating equivocal agency in refugee representations in refugee resettlement organizations. In H. Ghabra, F.Z. Alaoui, S. Abdi, & B.M. Calafell (Eds.), Negotiating Identity and Transnationalism in Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Critical Cultural Studies (pp. 31-48). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Refereed Journal Papers
Ghazal Aswad, N. (2021). Radical rhetoric: Towards a telos of solidarity. Rhetoric and Public Affairs (accepted for publication).
Ghazal Aswad, N., Nordstrom, S., Bilbeisi, T., Barnes, K., Amos, S., Gott, D., Koehn, C., Snowden, T., Hernandez, T., Tabrizi, H., Shivers, A., El-Oqlah, E., Boudreaux, J., & Hamilton, R.* (2020). She embodied: A materialized collective. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology (submitted/*all authors contributed equally).
Ghazal Aswad, N. & de Velasco, A. (2020). Redemptive exclusion: A case study of Nikki Haley's rhetoric on Syrian refugees. Rhetoric and Public Affairs (accepted for publication).
Ghazal Aswad, N. (2019). Biased neutrality: The symbolic construction of the Syrian refugee in The New York Times. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 36(4), 357-375.
Ghazal Aswad, N. (2019). Portrayals of endangered species in advertising: Exercising intertextuality to question the anthropocentric lens. Environmental Communication, 13(1), 118-134.
Ghazal Aswad, N. (2018). Exploring charismatic leadership: A comparative analysis of the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 49(1), 56-74.
Ghazal Aswad, N., Al-Saleh, Y., & Taleb, H. (2013). Clean energy awareness campaigns in the UAE: An awareness promoter's perspective. International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in the Middle East and North Africa, 2(2), 131-156.
Ferroukhi, R., Ghazal Aswad, N., Androulaki, S., Hawila, D. & Mezher, T. (2013). Renewable energy in the GCC: Status, challenges and drivers. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 7(1), 84-112.
Ghazal Aswad, N., Vidican, G. & Samulewicz, D. (2011). Creating a knowledge-based economy in the United Arab Emirates: Realizing the unfulfilled potential of women in the science, technology, and engineering fields. The European Journal of Engineering Education, 36(6), 559-570.
Samulewicz, D., Vidican, G. & Ghazal Aswad, N. (2012). Barriers to pursuing careers in science, technology, and engineering for women in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Gender, Technology and Development, 16(2), 125-152.
Ghazal Aswad, N., Vidican, G. & Samulewicz, D. (2011). Assessing the impact of socio-economic inequities on college enrollment: Emerging differences in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(5), 459-471.

Newspaper Articles
Ghazal Aswad, N. (8 June 2020). Breaking immigration norms in the age of COVID-19. In S. Ramasubramanian (Ed.). Quarantined Across Borders Blog Series. Media Rise. https://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/bitstream/handle/1969.1/188087/Noor%20Ghazal%20Aswad.pdf?sequence=4
Ghazal Aswad, N. (18 June 2020). On World Refugee Day, let's remember Syria's revolutionary refugees. The New Arab. https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2020/6/18/on-world-refugee-day-lets-remember-our-revolutionary-refugees
Ghazal Aswad, N. (20 June 2020). Breaking immigration norms refugees in the age of COVID-19. New Politics. https://newpol.org/breaking-immigration-norms-towards-refugees-in-the-age-of-covid-19/

PRESENTATIONS

Competitive Papers
Ghazal Aswad, N. (May 21-24, 2020). Pseudo anti-imperialism: The muted solidarity of the western left's rhetoric towards the Syrian uprising. 19th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Portland, Oregon. (conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

Ghazal Aswad, N. (February 22-24, 2020). "You are a marked body": A diasporic account of bordering practices in pedagogical spaces. Western States Communication Association Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 14-17, 2019). Fragmented paradigms of transculturality: Negotiating equivocal agency in refugee representations in refugee resettlement organizations. The 105th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 8-11, 2018). Redemptive narratives of rejection in Nikki Haley's discourse on Syrian refugees. The 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah (Top Student Paper).

Ghazal Aswad, N. (April 4-8, 2018). The symbolic construction of the universal refugee: A discourse analysis of Syrian refugees in the New York Times. Southern States Communication Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Top Student Paper).

Ghazal Aswad, N. (April 4-8, 2018). Who was more charismatic? An exploration of the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Southern States Communication Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Top Student Paper).

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 16-19, 2017). Communicating the risk of climate change: An analysis of the cover images of popular US news magazines. The 103rd National Communication Association Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas.

Currie-Mueller, J. L., Littlefield, R. S., Ghazal-Aswad, N., Daniel, E. S., & Garrett, J. (2016). "I Can See the Trust": Building a Communication Infrastructure Using a Culture-Centered Approach. The 66th International Communication Association Conference: Fukuoka, Japan.

Parcha, J., Ghazal Aswad, N., Listopad, S., Bedsaul, J., & Pleggenkuhle, J. (2015, November 19-22). "Attention whores" and "other people's shoes": Exploring participation and non-participation in the ALS ice bucket challenge. The 101st National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Littlefield, R., Beauchamp, K., Currie-Mueller, J., & Ghazal Aswad, N. (2014, April 25). Building a culture-centered communication network. Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates.

Ghazal Aswad, N., Al-Saleh, Y., & Taleb, H. (2012, July 11-14). Clean energy awareness campaigns in the UAE. Gulf Energy Challenges - 3rd Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Workshop 16: The Political Economy of Clean Energy Solutions in the GCC, Cambridge, UK.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (2012, March 4-5, 2012). Expanding the pipeline of female computer scientists and engineers in the United Arab Emirates. Regional Workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World, New York University, Abu Dhabi.

Ghazal Aswad, N., Vidican, G. & Samulewicz, D. (2011, February 19-22). Socio-economic status and women's participation in science, technology and engineering: Varying motivations towards educational attainment. 2011 IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition, Dubai.

Samulewicz, D., Vidican, G. & Ghazal Aswad, N. (2010, October 20-22). Expanding women's participation in science, technology and engineering: the case of the United Arab Emirates. Oral presentation. The 8th Triple Helix Conference, Madrid.

Ghazal Aswad, N., Vidican, G. & Samulewicz, D. (2010; September 25-30). Expanding the role of women in science, technology and engineering in the United Arab Emirates. Oral presentation. World Renewable Energy Congress, Abu Dhabi.

Competitive Panels and Roundtables

Ghazal Aswad, N. (February 22-24, 2020). Muslim voices in the era of Trump. Western States Communication Association Convention (forthcoming).

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 14-17, 2019). What does a good mother look like?" Surviving beyond the rhetorical performance of good mothering. The 105th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 14-17, 2019). Deconstructing anti-muslim rhetorics in the contemporary political climate: Beyond survival, toward thriving. The 105th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 8-11, 2018). The inter-play of communication studies approaches to social justice for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. The 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (April 4-8, 2018). "The hand that rocks the cradle": Cross-cultural musings on the rhetorics of motherhood. Southern States Communication Association, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (November 16-19, 2017). Creating a legacy of imposter-free women. The 103rd National Communication Association Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas.

Ghazal Aswad, N. (March 4-5, 2012). Opportunities and challenges facing Arab women in computing. Women in Computing in the Arab World, New York University, Abu Dhabi.

HONORS and AWARDS

Top Paper in Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, 105th National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN (November 2020).

Highly Ranked Competitive Paper in International and Intercultural Communication Division, 105th National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN (November 2020).

2020 College of Communication and Fine Arts Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award-PhD

One of Top 50 Teachers in Lower Division Courses for 2019 Academic Year at the University of Memphis.

Top Student Paper Award at the International and Intercultural Communication Division, 104th National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT (November 2018).

Two Top Student Paper Awards at the 88th Annual Convention Southern States Communication Association (April 2018).

The 2017-2018 Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award, Department of Communication, University of Memphis.

Distinguished Engineering Student Award (2009-2008-2007-2006).

Distinguished Student Award from the "Mother of the Nation Ceremony" chaired by Sh. Fatima bint Mubarak (2010).

EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Reviewer for National Communication Association (Critical and Cultural Studies Division).

Reviewer for Southern States Communication Association (Political Communication Division).

TRAINING and MEMBERSHIPS

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

National Communication Association

Western States Communication Association

Southern States Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America

SERVICE

Member of the Credentials Committee at the 2021 WSCA Convention in Irvine, CA

Secretary of WSCA Intercultural Communication Interest Group (2020-2021)

2020 Graduate Student Mentorship

Member (Student Representative), Hiring Committee for The University of Memphis Department Chair of Communication & Film (2018)

LANGUAGE SKILLS

English– native; Arabic – fluent