Mona Elswah is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.

Mona was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to study a dual degree program at the American University in Cairo. She received a Master’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a Graduate Diploma in public policy.  In her Master’s thesis, she examined the attitudinal factors that motivate illegal movie downloading behaviour. Later, she presented research papers in major conferences such as the IAMCR and the ICA.

She holds the position of an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University. She assisted in various undergraduate courses and supervised many graduation projects. She focuses her studies on political communication, social media, and digital copyrights. Aside from academia, she is an aspiring screenwriter who wrote and produced the award-wining short film “Coma” and currently running a project to empower women in filmmaking in Egypt.


Research Interests

Political Communication, digital media, digital Copyrights, social media, Internet governance


Supervisors at the OII

Professor Phillip Howard


Current projects

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.