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About Farooq A. Kperogi

My research broadly explores the intersection between communication in a global context and the singularities of the communicative practices of marginal groups within this context. I have a keen interest, for instance, in how linguistic minorities in peripheral, transnational societies deploy their indigenous languages for mass communication.
I am also interested in the transnational, mass-mediated, online discourses of marginalized diasporas in the West. I study this by looking at the alternative and citizen online journalistic practices of previously disempowered Third World ethnoscapes whose voluntary geographic displacement to the Western core imbues them with the cultural and social capital to be vanguards for potentially transformative cross-border exchanges with their homelands. This was the broad focus of my doctoral dissertation, which investigated the robust growth and flowering of U.S.-based Nigerian citizen media sites that have been radically transforming homeland journalistic practices and state policies.
I hope to extend this research in future by engaging in comparative studies of the online media practices of various transnational diasporic communities in the West. This is related to my interest in citizen journalism in general, including corporate-run citizen journalistic projects that attract and therefore hegemonically co-opt an army of potentially oppositional bloggers from all over the world to one site, a subject about which I have written a journal article in the New Media & Society journal.
I also research and write on international Englishes, especially the deviations of the non-native varieties of the English language from American and British English, the world’s two most dominant native varieties.
Very broadly, my scholarly and pedagogical interests revolve around Online Journalism, Globalization and New Media, Communication/Media Theory, Media Management, Alternative and Citizen/Community Media, Diaspora Media, Online Communities, Online Sociability, Political Economy of Mass Communication, Media English, Grammar, Mass Media and Society, and International Mass Media
I received my bachelor's degree in mass communication from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, where I won the Nigerian Television Authority Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Mass Communication.
I got my M.S. in Communication (with a minor in English) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and won the Outstanding Master's Student in Communication award.
I earned my Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University's Department of Communication where I won the top Ph.D. student prize called the "Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award."
While at Georgia State, I was Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, a refereed academic journal. I now teach journalism and citizen media at Kennesaw State University, GA.
I have previously worked as a reporter, news editor, presidential speech writer/researcher, and journalism instructor at two colleges in Nigeria. I currently write weekly columns on politics and English grammar for two Nigerian newspapers: the Weekly Trust, an influential Nigerian newspaper based in Abuja, the federal capital, and the People's Daily, an up-and-coming newspaper also based in Abuja.


Present Assistant Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media, Kennesaw State University

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August 2006 - May 2011 PhD, Georgia State University, USA ‐ Department of Communication

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School of Communication and Media
Kennesaw State University
402 Bartow Avenue
MD 2207 SO Bldg. 22 Rm. 5092
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591


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