Networked Publics and Digital Contention Professor Mohamed ZayaniCCT Professor Mohamed Zayani has been awarded the 2017 “Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award” from the National Communication Association (NCA) for his book Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford UP, 2015).  

The book prize is awarded by the Applied Communication Division of the NCA, and honors a book that makes significant contributions in applied communication theory and research. The award will be conferred at the NCA's 103rd Annual Convention, which will take place this year in Dallas, Texas.  

The accolade is the fourth Prize Zayani’s book received. Professor Zayani was previously awarded the "Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Book Award," from the American Sociological Association (ASA); "the Global Communication and Social Change Best Book Award," from the International Communication Association (ICA), and "the Toyin Falola Book Award," from the Association of the Global South Studies (AGSS).

Networked Publics and Digital Contention is part of the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics Series. "That Mohamed Zayani's book won multiple awards, from different associations, attests not just to the impact of his work, but also its breadth.  It is a great achievement," said Oxford University Press editor Angela Chnapko.

"Any study of the societal impact of new communication technologies must be broad-based and interdisciplinary. Georgetown's Communication, Culture and Technology Program (CCT) focuses on such matters and applauds the National Communication Association for adding to the honors of Mohamed Zayani's brilliant work," said CCT Director David W. Lightfoot.

Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California, described Zayani’s book as “a major contribution to the understanding of social movements of the digital age.”

Networked Publics and Digital Contention is the first of three book projects, supported by Georgetown University's Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), that Zayani has recently published. His forthcoming book Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age, also by Oxford University Press, will be released in 2018.