My research interests probe important contemporary questions such as modernity, decoloniality, religion, and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious identities among Muslims in the Middle East and in diaspora. My work on diasporic media, Islam and popular culture has appeared in various journal publications and book volumes. I'm also the associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, which specializes in research, teaching and public outreach at the intersection of media and religion. I am currently writing a book, Unmosquing Islam: Muslim Media and Alternative Modernity, which explores how Muslims engage, through their own media production, modernity as a source of both contention and identification.
Identity, religion, and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious identities among Muslims in the Middle East and in diaspora, Muslim media production, both transnational satellite television and digital media as a discursive and performative stage where young individuals and institutions debate and contest what it means to be modern in the Muslim context
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
MDST 6711 - Media and Popular Culture
Introduces fundamental methods for understanding the construction of meaning in film, television, popular music and advertising. Traces the study of popular culture through film theory, mass media analysis and cultural studies. Surveys various strands of research that seek to understand popular culture and its effects.
MDST 7011 - Proseminar in Media Communication Theory 1
Introduces the principal concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7011.
MDST 7021 - Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Continues the introduction of principle concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7021.