Idrees Ahmad is a Lecturer in Digital Journalism in the Department of Journalism Studies. He is the Director of the postgraduate programme in Media Research and the Chief Examiner for the Communications, Media and Culture division.
Idrees has a doctorate in sociology and specializes in international conflicts. He has also lectured in politics, philosophy, international relations,religion, media, film and cultural studies at the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Sheffield and Creative Arts.
Idrees is the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press). He is now working on a book on the war of narratives over Syria.
Idrees writes for The Observer, The Nation,The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Dissent, Al Jazeera, The National, Vice News, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books,The New Arab, The News on Sunday, Asia Times, IPS News, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc.
Idrees has appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source and several Pacifica Radio channels.
Idrees is the former captain of the American University, Dubai’s tennis team. In 2004, he was the co-winner of the University of Pittsburgh’s Dubai Jazz Talent Hunt, selected by a panel that included Larry Coryell and James Moody.
Digital Production; Open-Source Investigations; Social Network Analysis; Literary Journalism; International Security; Human Rights; US Foreign Policy; Middle East and South Asia; Internet & Democracy; Social Power; Politics in Films; Syria; Iraq, Pakistan.