Ph.D., Concordia University, Montréal, 2002
M.A., Ohio University, 1988
B.A., Lebanese University, Beirut, 1982
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Dr. Mayda Topoushian received her doctorate in communication studies from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), her M.A. in international affairs (Middle East and Africa) from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) and her B.A. in journalism from the Lebanese University (Beirut, Lebanon). She is Armenian, Lebanese, Canadian and U.S. national… She is a world citizen. She is fluent in English, Arabic and Armenian, and conversant in French and Turkish.
Dr. Topoushian is a media studies specialist and an assistant teaching professor of international studies. She teaches courses on globalization, international and U.S. media coverage of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), governments and politics of the Middle East, gender, hip-hop, sexuality and resistance in the MENA region and cross-cultural communication.
As a researcher, she is primarily interested in globalization, politics, media, culture, refugees, human rights, social justice, gender and vulnerable populations in the MENA. Her work is focused on the emerging globalization of new/social media (internet, satellite TV, Facebook, Twitter, blogging and texting) on Arab women identity, and on challenges to human security in the Arab world: the state, religious diversity, legitimacy and human rights.
As a member of the VCU Middle East North Africa Regional Strategy Team (MENA RST) of the VCU Provost’s Global Advisory Network to advance internationalization at VCU, Dr. Topoushian spearheaded and collaborated with the VCU Global Education Office to build bridges between VCU and various educational institutions in the MENA.
Dr. Topoushian is committed to help her students and colleagues to: