Hamid Mowlana

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Hamid Mowlana (Persian: حمید مولانا‎, Hamid Molana, born in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran) is an Iranian-American author and academic. He is Professor Emeritus of International relations at the School of International Services, American University, Washington, D.C. He was an advisor to the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Education and academic career[edit]

Mowlana was the founding director of the International Communication Program at the School of International Service in the American University, and has served as the visiting professor and guest scholar in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. He is the founder of the first degree program in international and intercultural communication studies.[1] Mowlana completed his undergraduate studies in economics (1959) and received his M.S. in Journalism (1960) and his Ph.D. in Communication and Political Science (1963) from Northwestern University.

He received the 1993 University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Other Professional Contributions. He has also received a number of other awards, including the International Communication Association's award for outstanding research in 1977; American University's School of International Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Academic Development in 1980 and 1988; for Thirty Years of Distinguished Leadership and Scholarship in 1998; and the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 2000. He was the recipient of the International Studies Association's Distinguished Senior Scholar Award in International Communication at its 43rd Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2002.

Mowlana has worked for UNESCO in Paris and is a former President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

He is the author, editor, or co‑editor of works such as Global Information and World Communication: New Frontiers in International Relations (2nd Edition), Sage Publications, London (1997); Global Communication in Transition: The End of Diversity?, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA (1996); Invisible Crises: What Conglomerate Control of Media Means for America and the World, Westview Press, 1996; Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT (1994); The Global Media Debate: Its Rise, Fall, and Renewal, Ablex Publishing, Norwood, NJ (1993); Triumph of the File: The Media's War in the Persian Gulf, Westview Press, Boulder, CO (1992); The Passing of Modernity: Communication and the Transformation of Society, Longman, White Plains, NY (1990).

He wrote regularly for Kayhan daily, one of the main conservative newspapers in Iran during the 1990s and 2000s.

Political advisor[edit]

On August 19, 2008, the Islamic Republic News Agency, reported that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had appointed Mowlana as his advisor, asking Mowlana to help with the objectives of his government in "providing justice, friendship, serving the society and promotion of public life status."[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mowlana, Hamid; Wang, Chenjun (2018). "An intergenerational conversation on international communication". The Journal of International Communication. 24 (2): 165–195. doi:10.1080/13216597.2018.1498798.
  2. ^ President appoints professor Mowlana as advisor, (Ahmadinejad website), 19 August 2008, accessed 25 March 2010

2- Zahra Nazari & Ahmad Pishgahzadeh, Editors, Bibliography of Hamid Mowlana, Ketabdar Publications, Tehran, Iran, 2013 (ISBN 9786002410658); Also interviewed Professor Hamid Mowlana, November 17, 2014.

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