Mariam Alkazemi-2014 Recipient

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Major: Mass Communications
Degree: Ph.D.
School: University of Florida
Sponsor: Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area Scholarship (MCA)


Mariam Alkazemi earned a bachelor’s in journalism from The George Washington University and master’s degrees in advertising and public relations from Michigan State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida, where she has taught four classes: Journalism Studies, Mass Media and You, World Communication Systems, and Applied Fact-Finding. Alkazemi’s received a graduate student research award in 2013 and a teaching award in 2014 from University of Florida’s College of Journalism. She also received a teaching award from the University of Florida’s Graduate School in 2014 and has coauthored a study which won a first-place top paper award in the Mass Communication and Society Division of a the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Religion is one of Alkazemi’s areas of interest. She has authored several studies exploring willingness to communicate about religion, some of which deal with Islam. One such study has shown that Muslims who watch more television are less likely to be willing to communicate about religion within the context of an interpersonal relationship. Along with her mentor, she has conducted a study using affiliation networks in social network analysis to examine the contexts under which President Obama was associated with Islam. Other studies explore how media may affect students’ willingness to communicate about religion and their tolerance for disagreement about religion. Alkazemi’s peer-reviewed publications appear in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture and Middle East Media Educator. She has also presented peer-reviewed conference papers at AEJMC, World Journalism Education Congress and International Network for Social Network Analysis.

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) has helped me through my last year as a doctoral candidate.  In addition to graduating with my doctorate in mass communications, I have had several peer-reviewed conference papers accepted to various conferences.  At the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), three of my co-authored works will be presented.  The titles of the studies include:  “The global media job market: A comparison of requirements in job listings for six broadcast news organizations”, “The Promise to the Arab World: Attribute Agenda Setting and Diversity of Attributes about U.S. President Obama in Arabic-Language Tweets”, and “Framing Oil on the Media Agenda: A Model of Agenda Building”.  At the World Association for Public Opinion Research, “Terrorists or Pilgrims: A Comparison of Attributes of Chinese Muslims in the World Press” will be presented.

Further, one of my studies was published in the Journal of Media and Religion in March 2015 and I also served as a panelist on religious literacy for reporters at the Broadcast Education Association.  I have served as co-editor for the Religion and Media Interest Group of AEJMC over the course of the last year.   I am thankful to the ISF for easing the financial burdens for those of us who work hard to meet international standards in mass communications and public opinion research.

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