Farah Afzal is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Doctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She undertook her Bachelors (Hons) from Pakistan in Computer Arts (B.C.A.) with majors in Graphic Design. During her undergraduate years, she has been involved in various social welfare campaigns addressing issues related to child education and public health. For her final thesis, she designed and promoted a campaign for Red Crescent Blood Donation Pakistan and has also worked as a communication officer in an outdoor products company in Islamabad.
She took her Masters in Media and Communication studies from IIU, Islamabad Pakistan. She wrote her final thesis to analyze the role of Western media in creating Muslim discourses around the world. In 2014, she published her monograph with the title “Construction of Islam in Western Media” in Germany. In the following year, a research article with the title of “Construction of Muslims as Security Threat, Peace preventers and as Terrorists in the Western Media: Discourse Analysis of Leading Articles in the Time and the Newsweek (2010-2011)” was published in Humdard Islamicus; a quarterly journal of the Humdard National Foundation, Pakistan.
After successful completion of her degree, she taught in various universities of Islamabad including her alma mater as a visiting lecturer. She has taught courses related to media history, communication skills, and communication design.
Recently, she has completed her second Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada. During this time, she has worked with faculty in the capacity of Instructor Assistant (IA) and Research Assistant (RA). For the final research project, she studied the visual representation of gender and its effects on the construction/ deconstruction of gender discourses and identities among societies. Apart from her academic interests, she enjoys the company of a good book, oil painting, gardening, and looks forward to every opportunity that involves outdoors and traveling.
- PhD in Global Governance
- MA Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada (2019)
- MS Media & Communication Studies (Specialization in International Communication), IIU, Islamabad, Pakistan (2012)
- Bachelors in Computer Arts (Majors in Graphic Design), Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (2009)
- Bachelors in Education. AIOU, Islamabad, Pakistan (2012)