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Kraidy will start as dean of Northwestern University-Qatar on July 1.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication Marwan M. Kraidy has been named dean and CEO of Northwestern University-Qatar, Northwestern Now reported. 

Kraidy will assume his new position at Northwestern on July 1. He currently serves as a Professor of Communication; the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture; and the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at Annenberg. 

An expert in Arab media, Kraidy currently holds an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a program dedicated to the support of “high caliber scholarship in the arts and humanities.”

He will also hold a named chair and tenured appointment at NU-Q, Northwestern Now reported. NU-Q's campus offers academic programs in journalism, media, and communication.

Kraidy was chosen after a global search for qualified candidates, Northwestern University Provost Jonathan Holloway told Northwestern Now. Kraidy has over two decades of research experience on the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic, Northwestern Now reported. 

“As a campus of a preeminent [United States] university embedded in a region with impressive and fast changing media industries and educational institutions, NU-Q can play a transformative role in shaping the circulation of knowledge between Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and in deepening mutual understanding between the United States and the Arab and Islamic worlds,” Kraidy told Northwestern Now. 

In 2013, Kraidy founded the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at Annenberg, formerly known as the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Northwestern Now reported. The center promotes research on global communication and engages interdisciplinary scholarship in tackling pressing global issues, according to Annenberg.

Kraidy was a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Museum of Qatar and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies in New York.

“In our search for a leader to fill this vitally important role, it quickly became clear that Marwan was the right person to guide NU-Q in this critical time," Northwestern University Provost Jonathan Holloway told Northwestern Now. "I am thrilled for Marwan and for our Qatar campus. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead and to advocate for all members of the NU-Q community.”