Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

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Invited Sessions

  • 2017     “How Political Liberals Adopt Conservative Tactics in Promoting Islamophobia: Real Time with Bill Maher’s Liberal Principles and Illiberal Muslims,” Invited Panelist, Islam, Muslim, and Contemporary U.S. Politics Conference, Michigan State University, April 14.
  • 2017     Invited Panelist, “Islamophobia, Media Representations, and Post-Race Racism,” Islamophobia and Race Symposium, University of Louisville, March 27.
  • 2016     “How do we move from stereotypes to more complex characters?” Invited panelist, Transforming Hollywood 7 Conference: Diversifying Entertainment, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts, October 21.
  • 2016     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media Post-9/11,” Invited Lecture, American Studies, Boston College, October 13.
  • 2016     “What is Islamophobia?” Invited Classroom Visit, American Studies, Boston College, October 13.
  • 2016     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media post-911,” Invited Lecture, Stevenson University, April 27.
  • 2016     “Understanding the Recent Rise in Islamophobia,” Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective, University of Virginia, April 20, 2016
  • 2016     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Inaugural Speaker for the Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective, University of Virginia, April 20.
  • 2016     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Keynote Address, Inaugural Padilla Event, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration, Colorado College, January 28.
  • 2016     “Divergences and Convergences: What does it mean to study race and migration comparatively and transnationally?” Invited Roundtable Participant, Inaugural Padilla Event, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration, Colorado College, January 29, 2016.
  • 2016     “Research Methods in Cultural Studies,” Classroom Visit, Colorado College, January 29.
  • 2016    “Scholarship and Activism: Studying and Advocating for Women of Color in the Academy and Beyond, Invited Roundtable Participant, Inaugural Padilla Event, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration, Colorado College, January 29, 2016.
  • 2015     “Feeling for Muslim Women during the War on Terror,” Program in Communication, Culture, and Media, Drexel University, October 30.
  • 2015         “The Politics of Outrage,” Invited Lecture, Religion, Representation, & Injury Colloquium, Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University, April 2.
  • 2015         “Are Good Stereotypes Really Good?” Sunday Assembly, Center for Judaic Humanism, Farmington Hills, Michigan, January 11.
  • 2014         Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media after 9/11: Racialization in a ‘Post-Race Era,’” Invited Keynote Address, Conference on Racialization, Race, and (anti)Racism in the Nordic Countries, Aalborg University, Denmark, November 26-29.
  • 2014     “The Cultural Politic of Protesting Representations of Arabs and Muslims Post-9/11,” Keynote Address, Ethnicity and Race in Communication division of the International Communication Association, Pre-conference on “The Cultural Politics of Protest,” University of Washington, Seattle, May 22.
  • 2014     “Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media: Past and Present,” Muslim Students’ Association, Grand Valley State University, March 13.
  • 2014     “From Harems to Terrorists: The History of Arab Stereotypes in the U.S. Media,” and “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11,” Center for Intercultural Programs, DePaul University, February 6.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11,” Keynote Address, Arab American History and Culture Symposium, Immigration Research History Center and Global Studies, University of Minnesota, October 25.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings,” Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 19.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings,” American Studies and Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, February 21 and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 19.
  • 2013     Guest lecture in Melani McAlister’s class, “US-Middle East Encounters,” George Washington University, February 19.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11,” Muslim Student Association, University of Michigan-Dearborn, February 5.
  • 2012     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings,” History Department, University of Texas at El Paso, October 12; American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, October 18.
  • 2011     “Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes,” Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Michigan-Dearborn, October 13.
  • 2010     “From Harems to Terrorists: Arab Stereotypes in the U.S. Media,” Brownbag Workshop, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Middlebury College, April 9.
  • 2010     “The War on Terror in TV Dramas: Scripting Muslim Terrorists and a Post-Race United States,” Lecture, American Studies, Middlebury College, April 8.
  • 2010     “From Arab Terrorists to Patriotic Arab Americans: Representational Strategies in Post-9/11 TV Dramas,” 2010 International Security and Development Fellow Lecture, Center for International and Comparative Studies, University of Michigan, January 21. Different versions presented at Invited Symposium, “Islam, Muslims and the Media,” Michigan State University, February 26; and invited lecture, African and African American Studies, Stanford University, April 1.
  • 2009     “Ethno-Racial Representation in Popular Culture Scholarship: Practices, Politics, and Positioning in the Academy,” Panelist, Students Committee, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 6.
  • 2007     “Representations of Arabs and Arab-Americans in TV Dramas Post-9/11,” Paper Presentation, Immigration, Citizenship, and Mass Media Symposium, University of Michigan, March 23, 2007.
  • 2007     “Arab/Arab American Women Negotiating Agency and Desire,” Paper Presentation, Center for Arab American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn, March 5.
  • 2006     “From Harems to Terrorists: Arab Stereotypes and the U.S. Media,” Lecture, Global Frequency event, Kalamazoo College, May 13.
  • 2006     “‘Going Muslim’: Whites, the Arab/Muslim Conflation, and the War on Terror,” Lecture, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, April 25.
  • 2006     “Arab American Feminisms,” Provosts Roundtable Luncheon, University of Michigan-Dearborn, November 8, 2005. Also invited to present at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI, February 14, 2006 and at Pomona College, Claremont, CA, April 24.
  • 2004     “Selling Citizenship Post-9/11: Representations of Arab- and Muslim-Americans in Non-Profit Advertising,” Job Talk, Humanities and Media and Cultural Studies, Macalester College, December 13, 2004; Center for Arab American Studies, University of Michigan–Dearborn, January 13, 2005; and Program in American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, February 1, 2005.
  • 2004     “Recurring, Recycled, and Comparative Racialization: Japanese-Americans Post-WWII and Arab-Americans Post-9/11,” Paper Presentation, Stanford Minority Alumni Conference, May 1.

Papers Presented at Professional Conferences

  • 2015         “Post Racial Denials,” Black Feminist Think Tank, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, University of Michigan, March 20.
  • 2014     “Middle Eastern Americans in Reality Television: Narcissists, Patriots, and Muslims,” Arab American Studies Association Conference, Dearborn, April 5.
  • 2013     “Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings,” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, Chicago, September 19.
  • 2012     “Right-Wing Anti-Muslim Activism and All American Muslim,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Juan, November 16.
  • 2011     “Structures of Feeling for Muslim Men and Women After 9/11,” Contemporary Research in Arab American Studies: New Trends and Critical Perspectives, November 4. (Paper read in absentia)
  • 2010     “Feeling for Oppressed Muslim Women: Moral Outrage and Sympathy in the U.S. Media Post-9/11,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, November 20.
  • 2010     “The War on Terror in Post-9/11 TV Dramas,” Radius of Arab American Writers Third National Conference, University of Michigan, June 5.
  • 2009     “The War on Terror in TV Dramas: Scripting Victims, Terrorists, and a Post-Race United States,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 5. Also presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference (co-organized panel), Boston, November 23.
  • 2008     “American Quarterly: Religion and Politics in the Contemporary U.S.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, New York University, May 23.
  • 2006     “Arab/Muslim Terrorists and Traumatized White Men: The Role of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in Portraying Violence in U.S. Post-9/11 TV Dramas,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, November 19.
  • 2006     “‘Going Muslim’: Whites, the Arab/Muslim Conflation, and the War on Terror,” Mapping Arab Diasporas Conference, University of Michigan-Dearborn, April 29.
  • 2005     “‘Going Muslim’: News Narratives of Terrorism and Conversion in the Cases of John Walker Lindh, Jose Padilla, and John Allen Muhammad,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, November 4 (panel organizer). Also presented at Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, November 22 (panel organizer).
  • 2004     “Selling Citizenship Post-9/11: Representations of Arab- and Muslim-American Women in Non-Profit Advertising,” American Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, November 11.
  • 2004     “Area, Ethnic, and American Studies: Arab-American Interventions,” Asian American Studies Association Conference, Boston, March 27.
  • 2003     “The Primetime Plight of Arab-Muslim Americans Post-9/11,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, Anchorage, November 6, 2003. Different versions presented at El Centro Chicano, Stanford University, February 10, 2004; and Interrogating Modernity and Postcoloniality Workshop, Stanford University, February 25, 2004.
  • 2003     “Going Muslim: Media Narratives of Violence and Conversion in the Cases of Muhammad, Lindh, and Padilla,” Islam in America Conference, University of California – Berkeley, April 18.
  • 2002     “Los Intersticios: Recasting Moving Selves,” MESEA Conference, University of Padua, Italy, June 26-29, 2002. Also presented at various Book Readings of This Bridge We Call Home including at the San Francisco Public Library, January 12, 2003; Women’s Community Center, Stanford University, February 5, 2003; and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 2, 2003.
  • 2002     “‘We Are Not Camel Riding People:’ Iraqi Immigrants Negotiating Belonging in New York City,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 25, 2002. Different versions presented at the American Anthropological Association Conference, New Orleans, November 20, 2002; and the Arab Diaspora Conference, University of Leeds, UK, July 1.
  • 2002     “Towards a Multiethnic Cartography: Mono-Ethnic Cultural Logic, and Popular Culture,” Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, January 29.
  • 2001     “‘You Get to Choose:’ Multiethnic Catch-22s, Mono-Ethnic Cultural Logic, and Popular Culture,” Modern Thought and Literature Symposium, Stanford University, April 27.

Roundtables and Moderations

  • 2017     Chaired panel, “Facing Discrimination and Acceptance in the U.S. South,” Arab American Studies Association Conference, Dearborn, March 25.
  • 2016     Chaired panel, “50 Years Ago: The 1967 War’s Impact on Arab Americans and Arabs in American,” Middle East Studies Association conference, Boston, November 20.
  • 2015     Chaired panel, “Appropriating Boundaries: Epistemological Border Crossing in Middle East Studies,” Middle East Studies Association conference, Denver, November 22.
  • 2014     “From Furious Orientals to Funny Arabs: The Politics and Possibilities of Arab American Media Studies,” American Studies Association conference, Los Angeles, November 9.
  • 2012     “Arab and Arab American Feminisms,” Radius of Arab American Writers Inc, Fourth National Conference, Arab American National Museum, June 2, 2012.
  • 2011     “Keyword Searches: 9/11 Plus Ten: Sympathy,” Roundtable Participant, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, October 22.
  • 2010     “The Arab Women’s Panel,” Panel Moderator and Member of Conference Organizing Committee, Radius of Arab American Writers Third National Conference, University of Michigan, June 5.
  • 2008     “Media and Cultural Representations,” Invited Panel Chair, Arab American History Conference, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, November 1.
  • 2008     “Clashes and Alliances: Reframing America and the Middle East,” Panel Chair, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, October 18.
  • 2007     “Orientalism, Racialization, and the Power of Knowledge Production in Middle East Studies,” Roundtable Participant, Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, November 19.
  • 2007     “The Neo-Orientalism of Today’s Muslim Commentators,” Invited Paper Discussant, Islamophobia/Islamophilia Conference, University of Michigan, October 20.
  • 2007     “Reception and Resistance: The Politics of Writing and Cultural Work for Arab Americans at a Time of War,” Panel Moderator and Member of Conference Organizing Committee, Radius of Arab Writers Second National Conference, Arab American National Museum, May 19.
  • 2007     “Crossing-over and Bending Genres: Arab American Memoir and Autobiography,” Panel Moderator and Member of Conference Organizing Committee, Radius of Arab Writers Second National Conference, Arab American National Museum, May 18.
  • 2007     “Arab Images and Hollywood,” Invited Session Moderator, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum, March 31.
  • 2007     “Radius of Arab Writers Inc.: The Making of an Arab American Literary Community,” Panel Moderator, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts Conference, Arab American National Museum, March 31.
  • 2007     “Art as Catalyst for Social Change,” Invited Panel Moderator, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum, March 30.
  • 2006     “Race, Arab Americans and Identity: Representations and Lived Experience,” Panel Discussant, Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, November 20.
  • 2006     “American Studies and the Cultural Politics of the Middle East,” Chair and co-organizer of roundtable discussion, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, October 13.
  • 2005     “How Alive is Your Memory? War, Violence and (Post)Colonial Legacies,” Moderator for panel at Teach-In on Darfur, University of Michigan-Dearborn, January 14.
  • 2004     “Memories, Memorials, and Museums: Culture in the Time of War,” Panel Discussant, Part of Teach-In on Politics, Peace, and Justice in the Middle East, Center for Arab American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn, December 1.
  • 2004     “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Moderator for film screening and panel discussion with Hassan Nawash and Osama Siblani, Center for Arab American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn, November 17.
  • 2004     “Storytelling and Haddoutah,” Moderator for talk by Dr. Mona Ali, Arab and Arab American Writers Series, University of Michigan-Dearborn, November 3.
  • 2003     “Arab/Arab-American Feminisms and American Studies – A Roundtable Discussion,” Roundtable participant and co-organizer of two back-to-back panels on Arab American Feminisms, American Studies Association Conference, Hartford, October 18.

Public Scholarship

  • 2017     Collaborated with colleagues at other universities to create, “#IslamophobiaIsRacism Online Syllabus,” https://islamophobiaisracism.wordpress.com/, April.
  • 2016     Invited Moderator/Interviewer, “From Marginalized to Organized: A Conversation on the State of Arab American Civil Rights with Dr. Jack Shaheen,” The Arab American Summit, National Network of Arab American Communities, Dearborn, November 7.
  • 2015     “Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes,” Arts of Citizenship Summer Institute, August 24.
  • 2012     “Curating ‘Reclaiming Identity’: Challenges to Engaging in Public Scholarship,” Invited Guest Presentation to graduate course, “Theories and Methods of Public History and Culture,” University of Michigan, March 16.
  • 2006-11   Guest Curator, “Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes, Online Exhibit, Arab American National Museum, www.arabstereotypes.org, May 2011.
  • 2011     “Presenting Your Public Scholarship to Multiple Audiences,” Arts of Citizenship Faculty and Graduate Student Training Workshop, University of Michigan, January 7.
  • 2010     Staff Development Training Seminar Series on the role of the Arab American National Museum in challenging Orientalism, Invited, Arab American National Museum, April 27, April 29, and May 4.
  • 2010     “Exhibiting Orientalism: Challenges to Engaging in Public Scholarship,” Arts of Citizenship, University of Michigan, March 12.
  • 2010     “Representing the Past to the Public Eye,” Panelist, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, January 29.
  • 2009     “Public Scholarship and the Arab American National Museum,” Public Humanities Institute, University of Michigan, August 20.
  • 2008     “What are Stereotypes?” and “Arabs in the Media Before and After 9/11,” Invited Guest Lecture to 7th grade, 9th grade, and 12th grade at the Calhoun School, New York, May 9.
  • 2008     “RACE: The Power of an Illusion,” Invited Panel Discussant on film, The Calhoun School, New York, May 8.
  • 2007     “Arab Americans and Race,” Invited Lecture and Discussion, Imaging Race, Imaging Culture, An International Film Series, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, August 4.
  • 2007     “Exhibiting Orientalism,” Invited Presentation, Orientalism and Ephemera Symposium, Art Gallery of Windsor, January 28.
  • 2006     “Anti-Arab Racism: In the Media and on the Streets,” Invited Presentation as part of a Cultural Education Workshop on “Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans,” organized by Arab Detroit, Dearborn, MI, May 31. Also invited by Detroit Edison (DTE) to conduct a cultural sensitivity workshop for employees, June 14, 2007.
  • 2006     “Mixed Race Women and Interracial Relationships” and “Teaching Media Literacy,” Workshop Co-facilitator, Arab Movement of Women Arising for Justice Gathering, Chicago, June 9-11.
  • 2005     “Representations of Arab-Americans in the Media,” Invited Lecture as part of Museum Exhibit entitled, “Arab-American Experiences in Arizona,” Mesa Southwest Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, March 6.

Dramatic and Creative Presentations

  • 2004     “Depending on Which Faction of the Hernandez Family You Consult, Either of the Following Occurred,” Staged Reading of Play-in-Progress, Stanford University, May 24.
  • 2000     “Factions,” The Poetic Experience, Public Reading, YWCA, Oakland, CA, December 2.
  • 2000     “La Côte Basque,” Out of Our Revolutionary Minds, Public Reading, Stanford University, May 22.
  • 2000     “Vida: Border Crossing,” Staged Reading of Play-in-Progress, Stanford University, March 9.