Dany Badran

Associate Professor of English and Critical Linguistics
Chairperson, Department of Communication, Arts and Languages

Dr. Dany Badran is an associate professor of English and critical linguistics at the Lebanese American University. He is also the chairperson of the Department of Communication, Arts and Languages. He has taught English, rhetoric and linguistics at several universities in Lebanon, the UK and China. 

Research Interests

Dr. Badran’s specific area of emphasis is the political discourse of the Middle East, with more varied research interests in stylistics, critical discourse analysis, and second language acquisition. He has written on ideology and modality in Arabic political translations, rhetoric and democracy in the Middle East, stylistics and language teaching, as well as on debate, leadership and empowerment of women in the Arab world.

SDGs Research Mapping

Dr. Dany Badran conducts research relevant to the following SDGs:

Professional Memberships

Badran is an active member of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA), and a certified trainer and judge in formal debates and international debate tournaments. He has worked on debate projects with IDEA, the Qatar Foundation, the American Embassy and the British Council. 

In 2015, Badran co-chaired a university-wide assessment project conducted at LAU, involving full cycles of assessment, implementation, and evaluation for the academic English course sequence. In 2017, he also completed a Monitoring and Evaluation project commissioned by the UNHCR and the British Council in support of Syrian refugee children and youth learning a foreign language in Lebanon.

Selected Publications

  1. Nilsson, M., & Badran, D. (2021). Surviving Seemingly Endless Refugeeship—Social Representations and Strategies of Palestinian Refugees in Ein El Hilweh. The Journal of Refugee Studies, 34 (3), 3423 – 3421.
  2. Nilsson, M. & Badran, D. (2021). Conflicts and Relative Deprivation in Ein El Hilweh: Palestinian Refugees in the Shadow of the Syrian Civil War. The Journal of Refugee Studies, 34 (1), 453 – 473.
  3. Nilsson, M., & Badran, D. (2019). Conflicts and Relative Deprivation in Ein El Hilweh: Palestinian Refugees in the Shadow of the Syrian Civil War. The Journal of Refugee Studies. Oxford University Press.
  4. Rapanta, C., & Badran, D. (2016). Supporting Emirati Females Leadership Skills through Debate: Design, Assessment and Considerations. The International International of Management Education, 14(2), 133-145.
  5. Rapanta, C., & Badran, D. (2015). Perceptions of Interpersonal Arguing In Two Arabic Populations (UAE & Lebanon). Journal of Media Critiques [JMC], 1(2).
  6. Badran, D. (2013). Rhetoric and Democracy in the Arab World: The Outlook for the Future. Journal of Middle East and Africa, 4 (1), 65-86;
  7. Badran, D. (2012). “Metaphor as Argument: A Stylistic, Genre-based Approach”, Language and Literature, 21: 2,119-135
  8. Badran, D. (2010) “Hybrid genres and the cognitive positioning of audiences in the political discourse of Hizbollah”, Critical Discourse Studies, 7: 3, 191-201.
  9. Badran, D. (2007). “Stylistics and Language Teaching: Deviant Collocation in Literature as a Tool for Vocabulary Expansion,” in Lambrou, M. and Stockwell, P. (eds) Contemporary Stylistics. London: Continuum, pp. 180-192.
  10. Badran, D. (2001). “Modality and Ideology in Translated Political Texts,” Nottingham Linguistic Circular, Vol. 16.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in English Studies and Critical Linguistics, 2003, University of Nottingham, England
  • MPhil in Applied Linguistics, 1999, Cambridge University, England
  • BA in English Literature and Language, 1993, Lebanese University, Lebanon