Mr Sami Siddiq
Sami Siddiq is a Florida native and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied the anthropology and politics of South and Central Asia (in particular that of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) with Professor Robert L. Canfield.
Sami is an associate member of the New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) at the University of Canterbury and has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, and the Swedish Defence University.
He is currently completing a PhD in Sociology and Media, Film & Television at the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Sami's doctoral research focuses on the use of 'mediated public diplomacy' as a strategy of crisis communication in international framing contests.
The specific challenges and controversies in U.S.-Pakistan counterterrorism cooperation since 9/11 provide the backdrop for an empirical assessment of multilevel interactions between state institutional actors and news media engaged in efforts to influence crisis outcomes.
The data in this project is drawn from elite/expert interviews, public statements, and news reports with relevance to the following two crisis case studies chosen for in-depth analysis:
(i) the Raymond Davis diplomatic immunity dispute
(ii) the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad
PhD thesis title: 'Mediated framing contests in post-9/11 U.S.-Pakistan public diplomacy crises'
Scholarships and Grants:
- University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
- University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Doctoral Research Fund Award
Areas of expertise
- International Relations and Political Sociology
- Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication
- Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
- Media-State Relations
Memberships and Affiliations:
- American Sociological Association - Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict
- Association for Conflict Resolution
- International Association for Media and Communication Research - Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group
- International Association of Conflict Management
- International Studies Association - International Communication Section
- Southern Political Science Association
Currently on research leave in Washington, DC.
Primary office location
HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 9 , Room 929
10 SYMONDS ST