Dr Katharina Schmoll


My research explores issues of voice, recognition, citizenship and gender with a focus on emerging Muslim middle classes in Europe, Morocco and the wider Middle East. Specifically, I am interested in the role of everyday (social) media practices – civic, political, artistic – in strengthening agency, empowerment and social cohesion. My approach is mainly ethnographic and interdisciplinary, drawing inspiration from and contributing to debates in media and cultural studies as well as Middle Eastern and critical Muslim studies.

Another focus of my research concerns critical media literacy. Currently, I am examining how educators can foster global media literacy to strengthen cross-cultural understanding.

I hold a PhD in Media Studies and an MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries from SOAS, University of London as well as a BA in Politics and Public Administration from University of Konstanz in Germany.

I am the Reviews Editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and a Fellow at the Muslim Institute.

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Professional memberships

  • MeCCSA

Student education

I teach various undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:

Digital Cultures

Critical Issues in Media and Communication

Feminism, Identity and Media

The Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives