Dr Maria Armoudian


Dr. Maria Armoudian is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the host and producer of the radio program, The Scholars' Circle, and the author of three books: Lawyers Beyond Borders: Advancing International Human Rights through Local Laws and Courts;  Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World; and Reporting from the Danger Zone: Frontline Journalists, Their Jobs and an Increasingly Perilous Future. 

She has published widely on human rights, environmental politics, communication, and good governance. Before coming to Auckland, she served as a commissioner in the city of Los Angeles for six years and worked in the California State Legislature for eight years, working on many issues ranging from environmental sustainability to good government and corporate reform. In addition to her academic publications, her articles have been published by the Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, New York Times Syndicate, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The New Zealand Herald, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Progressive, Salon.com, Truthout, Alternet, Inc., Daily Variety and Billboard. Maria is also a song-writer & musician. Her CD is titled Life in the New World.

Research | Current

  • Politics and the media
  • Conflict & Peacemaking
  • Genocide
  • American politics
  • Human rights
  • Environmental politics
  • Science communication
  • Good governance

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 218 American Politics and public policy

POLITICS 776 Media & Politics in an Age of Globalisation


Early Career Research Excellence Award


Postgraduate Advisor

Seminar Convener (past)

Undergraduate Advisor (past)

Areas of expertise

Media, Conflict, Genocide, American Politics, Human Rights

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Armoudian, M. (2016). Building a Better New Zealand Media. https://pacificoutlier.org/2016/09/05/maria-armoudian-building-a-better-new-zealand-media/. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2016). Family of slain US journalist sue Syrian government. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37354-family-of-slain-us-journalist-hopes-for-hearing-in-syrian-civil-suit. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2016). Erdogan has failed democracy’s test. The world, NZ included, must respond. http://thespinoff.co.nz/featured/14-08-2016/erdogan-has-failed-democracys-test-the-world-nz-included-must-respond/. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2016). Introducing new datasets on Northern Ireland’s media in the peace process and a test of newsworthiness in times of ‘troubles’. Media, War and Conflict, 9 (2), 137-161. 10.1177/1750635216643112
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42180
  • Armoudian, M. (2015). Frames of conflict, frames of resolution: Blame frames, hate frames, genocidal frames and acceptance frames. Paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Canberra, Australia. 28 September - 30 September 2015. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2015). The Forgotten Genocide at 100: Why the Armenian Genocide Still Matters Today. Invited talk at Waikato University. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2015). To Heal a Nation: Genocide Survivors and their Generations. ARPA: Analysis, Research & Planning for Armenia. Related URL.
  • Armoudian, M. (2015). Constructing "the others" during conflict: How journalism's norms and structures temper extreme portrayals. International Journal of Press/Politics, 20 (3), 360-381. 10.1177/1940161215577450

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 542
New Zealand

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