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School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University
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Lara Lengel, Ph.D. began her research on transnational media and cultural studies in the Arab World when she was a Fulbright Scholar and American Institute of Maghreb Studies Scholar in Tunisia (1993-94). Her work appears in, among others, International Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, Gender & History, Convergence: Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Feminist Media Studies.
Her most recent refereed journal articles, “Local knowledge and the revolutions: A framework for social media information flow” and “Discourses on technology policy in the Middle East and North Africa” (with Drs. V. Newsom and C. Cassara), were published in Communication Studies and International Journal of Communication, respectively. Forthcoming refereed journal articles (with Dr. Newsom) include, “Arab women, social media, and the Arab Spring: Applying the framework of digital reflexivity to analyze gender and online activism” in Journal of International Women's Studies, and “Social media for social change in the Middle East and North Africa”, in Studies in Symbolic Interaction, and “Framing messages of democracy through social media: Public diplomacy 2.0, gender, and the Middle East and North Africa”, in the Global Media Journal special issue on the use of social media in public diplomacy.

Her publications include, among many others, the following edited scholarly volumes, Casting Gender: Women and Performance in Intercultural Contexts (with Dr. J. T. Warren, Peter Lang), Intercultural Communication and Creative Practice: Music, Dance, and Women’s Cultural Identity (Praeger), Culture and Technology in the New Europe (Ablex). She and Dr. Noemi Marin are co-editors for the Hampton Press series, Transnational Feminisms.

Dr. Lengel is a full Professor in the Department of Communication, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University. She and colleague Dr. Cassara have been awarded nearly $500,000 in federal grants, mainly from the Fulbright-Hayes program, the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Program, and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to enhance pedagogy and university curricula in environmental journalism and in women and the media in the Middle East and North Africa. She was a presenting delegate in Tunis, Tunisia at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) on gender, communication technology, and sustainable development in the Global South.

An internationally recognized scholarly reviewer, she reviews submissions for the following journals: Asian Journal of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Language and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Literary and Technology, Mass Communication and Society, Women and Language, Global Media Journal, and Communication Theory. She also reviews for the International and Intercultural Communication Division, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, and Human Communication and Technology Division of the National Communication Association; and the Feminist Scholarship Division and Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association.

In addition, Dr. Lengel has served on several national and international review and selection boards for the following federal grant programs: 1) Higher Education for Development/USAID competition for a $430,000 grant to support a Basic Education Policy Development program in East Africa; 2) International Collaborative Research Grants Competition of the U.S. Social Science Research Council; and the 3) British Fulbright Scholars Association in London for U.S. Fulbright Scholars to Great Britain, and served a three-year term on the National Screening Committee for Fulbright Scholars to North Africa and the Near East.

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