Maggy Zanger, Visiting Professor of Practice

M.S.L. Yale Law School
M.A. University of Arizona
B.A. University of Arizona


Maggy Zanger is a Professor of Practice at University of Arizona in the School of Journalism and affiliated faculty with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Border and Global Journalism.

She specializes in international journalism, the Middle East and Muslim world in particular, and has conducted extensive research on the development of the news media in Iraqi Kurdistan. During her fall 2017 sabbatical from the UA she taught journalism classes at AUIS and conducted research on Iraqi Kurdistan’s journalists.

She taught journalism at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, from 1999 to 2003 where she began conducting research on the development of the Iraqi Kurdish media. She covered the US invasion of Iraq from Sulaimani in 2003 as a regional analyst for NBC News and writing dispatches for the Cairo Times and then stayed on to work as the Iraq country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a London-based media development organization. In 2003 and 2004 she started centers in Sulaimani and Baghdad to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media.

She has been at the University of Arizona School of Journalism since leaving Iraqi in 2005.

Publications related to Iraqi Kurdistan include:

  1. Op-ed. “Higher purpose found in fighting distant war,” Arizona Daily Star, August 2015.
  2. Op-ed. “Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees,” Tucson, September 9, 2015.  
  3. Op-ed. "A Concise Guide to What's Happening in Iraq," Arizona Daily Star, June 20, 2014.
  4. “Kurdish Mountain Journalism,” encyclopedia entry for Social Movement Media, Sage Publications, 2009.  
  5. "Kurds and Kurdistan" entry for Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Oxford University Press. 2007.
  6. “Mas`ud Barzani” entry for the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, Thomson Gale publishers. 2007.
  7. Book review of “Ahmad’s War, Ahmad’s Peace: Surviving under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq,” by NPR correspondent Michael Goldfarb for Nieman Reports, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Vol. 59, No. 4, Winter 2005.
  8. “Sweet Sister Suli: A dispatch from Tucson's Kurdish partner,” Tucson Weekly, May 5, 2005.
  9. “Kurdish Media After the War,” Arab Reform Bulletin, December 2004, Volume 2, Issue 11, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  10. “Of Journalists and Dogs: Tales from the Northern Behind,” chapter in Global Media go to War (Marquette Books, 2004), details the experiences of journalists covering the 2003 Iraq war.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  1. Relly, J.E. & Zanger, M. (2016). The enigma of news media development with multi-pronged “capture”: The Afghanistan case. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.
  2. Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Professional role perceptions among Iraqi Kurdish journalists from a 'state within a state.' Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1085-1106.
  3. Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Democratic norms and forces of gatekeeping: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists’ attitudes toward government information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.
  4. Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba'athist Iraq. Mass Communication and Society, 18(4), 471-497.