Scholar and Assistant Professor
Seattle Pacific University


Associate Copy Editor

Sara Shaban is an assistant professor in journalism at Seattle Pacific University. Educated at the University of Missouri School of Journalism (Ph.D. in Journalism; Media Sociology) and Saint Louis University (M.A. in Communications), Shaban identifies as a critical/cultural scholar focused on the intersections between media, women’s social movements, and geopolitics in the MENA region. Shaban’s academic work is rooted within the theoretical frameworks of transnationalism and femonationalism. Her award-winning research is published in the International Journal of Communication, Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism.

Prior to life in academia, Shaban worked in U.S. local news as a producer before pursuing freelance journalism in Israel, the West Bank and Sierra Leone. Shaban is fueled by her passion for social justice, specifically for immigrants and refugees. She was heavily involved in initiatives to improve conditions for incoming refugees during the 2015 crisis and served as a volunteer and board member for the Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program in St. Louis. Additionally, she currently serves as the communications director for the St. Louis based NGO Project Peanut Butter – an organization committed to the eradication of child malnutrition throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

When Shaban’s not working, she enjoys reading literature, cooking complex recipes, and traveling to places near and far. Contact Sara directly at:

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