Mohammed A. Salih is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Salih’s research broadly focuses on the intersections of (geo)politics, media and culture, as well as the study of identity, ideology, and power, with the Middle East region constituting his main area of empirical focus.
Prior to his PhD journey, Salih worked as a, mostly freelance, journalist for around a decade covering the Islamic State conflict, the aftermath of the Iraq War, and Kurdish affairs. He still occasionally writes for and provides commentary to media outlets. His bylines have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Inter Press Service (IPS), Al Jazeera English, Al-Monitor, Foreign Policy, Newsweek Middle East, Christian Science Monitor, France 24, The Daily Beast, The Nation, Middle East Eye, World Politics Review, The Kurdish Globe, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs and The Independent, as well as Kurdish news publications Rudaw, Awene and Xebat. His video stories have aired on Deutsche Welle (DW), FRANCE 24, Channel News Asia, and Rudaw. He has been interviewed extensively on international news outlets such as Sky News, DW TV, France 24, CNN, Fox News, i24 News, BBC Radio, VOA News, Rudaw and NPR commenting on Kurdish and Iraqi affairs.
He has also published analytical pieces with Washington-based think tanks Middle East Institute and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on local politics of Kurdistan.