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Dr. Alkazemi honored by International Studies Association

Oct 29, 2019

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Mariam Alkazemi, Ph.D., assistant professor in public relations
Dr. Mariam Alkazemi

Dr. Mariam Alkazemi, assistant professor in the Robertson School's public relations sequence, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) by the Women’s Caucus of the International Studies Association. The notification to Dr. Alkazemi pointed out that her "application stood out among the many we received this year."

"This is a great honor for Dr. Alkazemi and speaks to the quality of her work and the impact it is having internationally," said Dr. Marcus Messsner, interim director of the Robertson School. 

Dr. Gerner was a scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East and an advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline. 

Dr. Alkazemi, who joined the Robertson School in 2018, focuses her research on the intersection of Middle East Studies and Media Studies. She co-authored a book published by Wolters Kluwer on Kuwaiti media law. Other recent articles deal with the intersection of media with religion, oil prices, culture and other issues that are commonly analyzed in Middle East Studies. Other interdisciplinary projects involve the intersection of communication technologies and the built environment of healthcare facilities.

“I am excited to be able to sharpen my skills through professional development opportunities, such as the Gerner grant. I am committed to working hard to further my understanding of the region, and I’m grateful for the support from the Women’s Caucus of International Studies as well as support from colleagues here at Virginia Commonwealth University," Alkazemi said. "In a very rapidly-changing world, one cannot underestimate the importance of learning and contributing to an improved understanding of the world around us. I feel very lucky to be able to do so.”