Mohamed El Marzouki

PhD Candidate

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  • Research and Creative Interests

    Youth citizenship; participatory media and politics in Morocco; Political satire and humor; Voice and dissent in the digital public sphere; Digital youth cultures in North Africa & the Middle East,


    Mohamed El Marzouki is a doctoral candidate at the Media School, Indiana University. His research interests sit at the intersection of Youth citizenship, participatory media and politics, and creative cultural production in the MENA region. His dissertation project, Young and creative: Dissent, youth citizenship and participatory media on the Moroccan social web, investigates the role that social media platforms play in enabling youth in the Maghreb region to create spaces for a culture of political dissent. With a focus on youth in post-Arab Spring Morocco, his research examines the affordances of social media technologies and their use for democratic and political change.

    Prior to joining the School of Journalism, Mohamed worked as Lecturer in Communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Some of the courses he taught include News Reporting, Writing and Editing, Introduction to Mass Communication, Communication Theory, and International Communication. Before teaching at Al Akhawayn University, Mohamed received an MA in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BA in Communication from the University of New Hampshire. Mohamed is a native speaker of Arabic, fluent in English and has working knowledge of written and spoken French.


    El Marzouki, M. (2016). Citizens of the Margin: Citizenship and youth participation on the Moroccan social web. Information, Communication and Society. DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1266373

    El Marzouki, M. (2015). Satire as Counter-discourse: Dissent, Cultural Citizenship and Youth Culture in Morocco. International Communication Gazette. 77(3), pp. 282–296.

    El Marzouki, M. (2011). Mediating terror: Hollywood narratives of terrorism and young Moroccan audiences. Global Media and Communication, 7(3), pp. 251-256.


    El Marzouki, M. (2015). “Citizens of the Margin: Youth and resistance in a Moroccan YouTube web-series.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

    El Marzouki, M. (2015). Panellist for: “Political Parody and Satire in the Global Digital Sphere.” International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    El Marzouki, M. (2015). Interactive paper session: “Online Political Satire and Practices of Cultural Citizenship in Morocco.” International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.