Mohamed El Marzouki

  • Assistant Professor of Communication

Mohamed El Marzouki's research interests sit at the intersection of Youth citizenship, participatory media and politics, and creative cultural production in the MENA region. His recent dissertation, Young and creative: Dissent, youth citizenship and participatory media on the Moroccan social web, investigates the role that social media platforms play in enabling youth in the Maghreb region to create spaces for a culture of political dissent. With a focus on youth in post-Arab Spring Morocco, his research examines the affordances of social media technologies and their use for democratic and political change. Prior to joining the Illinois Institute of Technology and before graduating from Indiana University, he taught communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.


Ph.D.: Indiana University
M.A.: Goldsmiths College, University of London
B.A.: University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

Creativity and youth citizenship

Participatory media and politics in North Africa

Digital youth cultures in Morocco

Marginality, dissent and digital counter publicity

Political satire and humor

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Communication Association (ICA)

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)


Top Paper Award by the Cultural and Critical Studies Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, August 2015.


El Marzouki, M. (2016). Citizens of the Margin: Citizenship and youth participation on the Moroccan social web. Information, Communication and Society. DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1266373

El Marzouki, M. (2015). Satire as Counter-discourse: Dissent, Cultural Citizenship and Youth Culture in Morocco. International Communication Gazette. 77(3), pp. 282–296.

El Marzouki, M. (2011). Mediating terror: Hollywood narratives of terrorism and young Moroccan audiences. Global Media and Communication, 7(3), pp. 251-256.

Additional Info


Dissertation Completion Fellowship of $25,000 for the academic year 2017-2018 (awarded but turned down)

Andrew Mellon Graduate Fellowship of $20,000 as part of the Sawyer Seminar “Documentary Media and Historical Transformations,” 2016-2017.