Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi

Jabbar Al-Obaidi received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master’s degree from Hartford University, and a bachelor's degree from Baghdad University. Currently, Professor Al-Obaidi is the Academic Director of International Student Recruitment and Global Partnerships, Academic Affairs. Dr. Al- Obaidi served as the academic director of Global Programs (2018-2023), the director of the Center of Middle East Studies (2011-2018) at Bridgewater State, the chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies (2005-2011), Acting Chair 2019-2020 and 2021-2022. Professor Al- Obaidi served as the co-academic director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2021-2023. Al-Obaidi served as the co-chair of NECHE Self-Study Steering Committee, Bridgewater State University 2021-2023. In addition to the U.S., Dr. Al-Obaidi taught in Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and China. His research focuses on Middle Eastern media and socio-political and cultural issues, and he offers courses on intercultural communication, media ethics and law, and diversity in U.S. Media (race, class, and gender. Al-Obaidi produces and hosts a weekly TV program INFOCUS Bridgewater Cable TV. His latest co-edited book titled The Role of Educators as Agents and Conveyors for Positive Change in Global Education was published by IGI Global 2023. Al-Obaidi presented a research paper titled Agenda-Setting and Framing Theories: Perspectives on Digital and Social Media Fragmentation and Convergence to the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators held at the University of Kuwait, Kuwait, October 2023. In 2022 Al-Obaidi published a chapter titled An Opinion: What the Qur’an Says That Disqualifies the Perspectives of Militant Radical Muslims in Islamophobia and Acts of Violence, (edit) Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino. Oxford University Press.

Publications

Emerging Technologies Transforming Higher Education: Instructional Design and Student Success
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin, Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi, Madhusudana N. Rao. © 2025. 310 pages.
As higher education institutions grapple with the rapid evolution of technology, they are faced with a myriad of challenges in effectively integrating these innovations into...
Changing Global Media Landscapes: Convergence, Fragmentation, and Polarization
Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi. © 2024. 383 pages.
With the advancement of technology and the increasing use of digital and social media platforms, we are experiencing an unprecedented era of global connectivity and information...
Agenda-Setting and Framing Theories: Perspectives on Digital and Social Media Fragmentation and Convergence
Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi. © 2024. 15 pages.
Recent media literature shows that agenda-setting theory has faced several critical challenges, including information processing, identity and affiliation, cultural connection...
The Role of Educators as Agents and Conveyors for Positive Change in Global Education
Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi, Jacquelynne Anne Boivin, Madhusudana N. Rao. © 2023. 399 pages.
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the necessity for establishing practical strategic global education collaboration throughout the world. The challenges are serious and come in...
An Assessment of the Project Pathways to the Middle East and North Africa at Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, USA
Madhusudana N. Rao, Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi, Wanchunzi Yu. © 2023. 28 pages.
Pathways to MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts, USA is a project designed to integrate several programs, including...
STEM Education in Iraq 2004-2022: Strategies, Challenges, and Outcomes
Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi, Tahir Albakaa. © 2023. 37 pages.
This chapter explores STEM in Iraq from 2004 through 2022. It investigates the educational strategies and policies of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Higher...