Muhammad Ittefaq an assistant professor at the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2022. He obtained his master’s degree from the Institute of Media and Communication Science, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany in 2018.
His research focuses on global health communication, misinformation, vaccine, public relations, and use of new media technologies among various factions of society globally. Ittefaq has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in communication and health related journals including Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Journalism Practice, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Science Communication, Media International Australia, Journal of Media Ethics, Vaccine, Vaccines, Digital Health, Health, Risk & Society, Psychology & Health, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Local Environment, Third World Quarterly, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and Death Studies among others. He has also presented more than 20 national and international conference papers including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), National Communication Association (NCA), International Communication Association (ICA), World Communication Association (WCA), and International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
Ittefaq has professional experience in both journalism and strategic communication. He was a reporter with Daily Times and The Educationist in Pakistan. His blogs have been published with Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. He also worked as assistant public relations officer in Pakistan. He has been an instructor of record and teaching assistant at University of Kansas, University of Maine, and University of the Punjab, Pakistan, where he taught courses including media writing, business writing, public speaking, media and society, and introduction to strategic communication.
Ittefaq has won various research awards and fellowships for his academic excellence and research potential at the University of Kansas. He received the Carolyn Stroman Award from AEJMC’s MAC division which is presented to graduate students who are presenting research for the first time in the MAC Division. He has also won Society of Professional Journalists Dori Maynard Diversity Fellowship. He is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship) awardee.