Nahed Eltantawy

Journalism Professor


Nahed Eltantawy is an Egyptian-American Journalism Professor. She is currently an Associate Professor of Journalism at High Point University, North Carolina where she teaches a variety of courses in convergent journalism and women and gender studies.

Eltantawy grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the American University in Cairo and worked as a Reuters correspondent before moving to the US in 2000.

Her research focuses on media representation of women, gender issues, social media activism, Middle East women in the media and critical and cultural studies. She has presented her work at the National Communication Association conventions, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication as well as conventions in the Middle East & Asia.

In 2011, Eltantawy was following the revolutions that swept the Middle East. She was inspired by the use of social media in these uprisings and this became a central area of her research. In late 2011, Eltantawy published her first research on social media activism, coauthoring an article with Julie Wiest, titled Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution: Reconsidering Resource Mobilization Theory.

In 2012, Eltantawy was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the United Arab Emirates. In 2013, Eltantawy, was guest editor for a special issue of Feminist Media Studies, titled From veiling to blogging: Women and media in the Middle East. In 2015, Routledge published a book version of the special topic titled Women and Media in the Middle East: From Veiling to Blogging.

Eltantawy has been invited to participate in national and international conferences on social media activism as well as media representation. These conferences include the Annual Peace, Conflict & Justice Conference at the University of Toronto, Toronto Canada; The International Association for Media & Communication Research annual conference in Hyderabad, India, Religion, Democracy and the Arab Awakening conference at USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and Hope College Critical Issues Symposium: Exploring Islam, in Michigan.

BASED IN: North Carolina, USA

LANGUAGES:  English and Arabic.


Killings put ‘Everyday Muslims’ in spotlight, The News and Record, February 2015

U.S. should stop aiding Egypt killing machine, News & Record, August 2013


What will Egypt look like with Abdel Fattah Sisi at the helm?,  June 2014, Panelist on HuffPost Live.

How will low turnout affect Egypt’s election?, May 2014,  Panelist on HuffPost Live.