Topics of Interest: Global Communication and Social Change, Gender, Feminism, Conflict, Activism, Media and New Technologies, Alternative Media, Syrian TV Drama, Human Rights, United Nations, Transitional Justice, Refugee Experiences, Storytelling and Knowledge Production
Countries/Regions of Interest: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and United States.
List of Publications
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Alhayek, Katty. (2014). Double Marginalization: Mainstream Online Activism and the Invisibility of Syrian Refugee Women’s Perspectives in Global Media. Feminist Media Studies. Issue 14.4.
Alhayek, Katty. (2015). “I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!”: Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War. Syria Studies. VOL 7, NO 1.
Selected Non-Academic Publications:
Alhayek, Katty. (2015, January 27). How media can help Syrian refugee women? SyriaUntold. (In Arabic). Available at: http://bit.ly/1JsqlzH
Alhayek, Katty. (2014, September 5). Proceedings to implement a comprehensive approach to transitional justice in post-conflict Syria. SyriaUntold. (In Arabic). Available at: http://bit.ly/1tAQWlH
Alhayek, Katty. (2014, July 3). Media Distort The Reality of Syrian Women Caught In The Recent Conflict. Women Rising Radio. (In English). Available at: http://www.womenrisingradio.com/explore/featured-essay/media-distort-the-reality-of-syrian-women-by-katty-alhayek/
Alhayek, Katty. (2013). Participant Observation. In Research Handbook for Communication & Development: For CommDevers by CommDevers (pp. 30-34). Community Research Alliance: Athens, OH. (In English).
Alhayek, Katty. (2012, March 21). Violence and objectifying people in Syria. Al-akhbar. (In Arabic). Available at: http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/46721
Alhayek, Katty. (2011, June 9). Citizens’ Media: everyone is a reporter of reality. Alawan. (In Arabic). Available at: http://www.alawan.org/article9902.html
Katty Alhayek is a scholar activist from Syria. Her research interests broadly center around themes of gender, conflict, activism, media and new technologies. A former Open Society Foundations fellow, Ms. Alhayek holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and Media Studies from Ohio University and a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In September 2015, she will start a PhD program in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Katty earned an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Damascus University in 2008. Following that, she worked for Syrian local organizations on campaigns against discrimination laws. She worked as a communication officer and trainer with the Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR). In March 2011, with a team of five young journalists she launched an independent web magazine, which highlights issues faced by youth in Syria and the Middle East.