Academic Appointments, Education, Fields of Study


  • 2017-present     Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
  • 2015-present     Director, Arab and Muslim American Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • 2012-present     Associate Professor, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • 2006–2012         Assistant Professor, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • 2005–2006         Research Investigator, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • 2004–2005         Visiting Lecturer, Center for Arab American Studies and Department of Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn


  • 2005     Ph.D., Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University. Interdisciplinary focus on Arab American Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies. Dissertation: “The Changing Profile of Race in the United States: Racializing and Representing Arab- and Muslim-Americans Post-9/11”
  • 1998     M.A., Gender Studies, New School for Social Research, New York. Master’s Thesis: “Negotiating Iraqi Identity in the U.S.: Narratives of Contradictory Belonging”
  • 1995     B.A., Women’s Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1991     I.B., United Nations International School, New York


  • Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media
  • Arab and Muslim American Studies
  • Cultural and Media Studies
  • Race, Popular Culture, and Cultural Politics
  • Mixed Race Identities
  • Comparative Ethnic and Area Studies
  • Gender Studies