Nadia Leihs (M.A.)


Curriculum Vitae

  • since October 2017 - Researcher for Erasmus+ project "Newsreel - New skills for the next generation of journalists"
  • October 2014 to December 2017 – Project coordinator for the Erich Brost Institute's “Ombudsmen in Tunisia”
  • February 2013 to March 2015 – Project Consultant for the Orient-Institute Beirut’s (OIB) project “Media Culture in Transformation” in Cairo
  • November 2012 to November 2014 – Research Fellow at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
  • November 2011 to July 2012 – Field Research in Cairo, Egypt (sponsored by a scholarship of the DAAD)
  • June 2010 to June 2011 – Teaching Assignment, University Dortmund, Planning Education in Iraq (pliq)
  • since April 2010 – Ph.D. Candidate at the University Erfurt, Seminar of Communication Studies 
  • 2009 – Certificate Correspondence Course „German as a foreign language“, University Kassel
  • June 2008 to March 2011 – Instructor for Input (occupational safety education), Dortmund
  • 2008 – Diploma in History, Political Science and Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • September 2007 to April 2008 – Research Trip to Jordan (sponsored by a scholarship of the Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung)
  • 2000 to 2002 Journalistic Trainee Program at the taz, die tageszeitung
  • 1997 to 1998 Voluntary Ecological Year with the BUNDjugend Rheinland-Pfalz (Youth Department of the Environmental NGO BUND)
  • since 1996 freelance journalist for different media outlets, i.a. Allgemeine Zeitung (Alzey/Bad Kreuznach), Öffentlicher Anzeiger (Bad Kreuznach), Ruhrnachrichten (Dortmund), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Köln/Dortmund), Radio Bremen, taz, die tageszeitung (Berlin/Bochum), Jordan Times (Amman), EJO

Main research topics

qualitative social research, gender and equality, political and social transformations, history of journalism, Arab media systems, newsroom research


  • Review „Hamidi, Kefa: Zwischen Information und Mission. Journalisten in Afghanistan: Berufliche Merkmale, Einstellungen und Leistungen". In: Publizistik November 2016, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 481–483, Springer, online
  • Nadia Leihs und Hend Aly: Public Debate or Power Play? Reflections on Egypt's 2012 constitution in the transitional period. In: Hanan Badr: Media Culture in Transformation. Political communication, Social Networking and Transition in Egypt. 2016. Orient-Institut Studies 4, online
  • Nadia Leihs: Persisting Powers, Financial Shackles and Political Polarisation. The Egyptian Media System in Transition. In: Nadja-Christina Schneider und Carola Richter (Hg.) New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World. Baden-Baden 2015, Nomos
  • Nadia Leihs und Maria Röder-Tzellos: Political Communication Research in the Middle East. In: Gianpietro Mazzoleni (Ed.): The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. 1–8. New York, 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118541555.wbiepc211
  • Nadia Leihs: The Delay in the Transition of the Egyptian Media System. Distractions, Old Habits, Crossing the Lines. In: Schmidt, Christoph (Hg.): The Arab World. The Role of Media in the Arab World's Transformation Process. Symposium Proceedings Deutsche Welle Media Dialogue. International Media Studies Band 4. Bonn Mai 2012, Vistas 
  • Nadia Leihs: Die Situation der Frauen in Jordanien. Parallelgesellschaften zwischen religiöser Rückbesinnung und wirtschaftlichem Modernisierungszwang. Bericht für die Heinz-Kühn-Stiftung 2008, online


  • 9 December 2016: Analysing State Media Houses in Egypt. Paper presented during the conference „Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt“, Freie Universität Berlin, 08-10 December 2016
  • 11 December 2015: The Egyptian Media in Transition. Reform Movements, Resistances and Other Obstacles. Paper presented during the workshop „Media and the Politics of Transformation in the Arab world and Asia“, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2 March 2015: Inside the newsrooms: Change and processes in the newspapers after the Revolution. Paper presented during the conference „Media Culture Transformation“ in Cairo.
  • 29 April 2014: Introduction to the opening of the exhibition „No Pictures Please! Kritischer Journalismus in Ägypten seit den Umbrüchen 2013“ at the Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost Studien der Universität Marburg
  • 29 November 2013: Persisting Powers, Fragmentation and Trust. Transforming the Egyptian Media System. Paper presented at the conference „New Media Configurations - Changing Societies? Current Research Perspectives on South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa“ in Berlin.
  • 12 October 2012: Egypt 2012. Mapping an evolving media scene. Paper presented during the conference „Egypt Research Exchange Symposium: Asking Questions in Revolutionary Times“ in Cairo.
  • 16 May 2012: There were more important things: The delay in the transition of the Egyptian media system. Paper presented during the Deutsche Welle Akademie's Media Dialogue „The Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process“ in Bonn