Evelyn Alsultany is a leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media and on forms of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism.
Alsultany is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and an Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is the co-founder and current Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies program. She leads the Islamophobia Working Group on campus, a group of faculty, staff, and students who work together and advise the administration on how to create a more inclusive campus environment for students impacted by Islamophobia. She teaches courses on media representations, U.S. cultural and racial politics, and Arab and Muslim Americans, including “Race and Mixed Race,” “Perspectives on 9/11,” “The Middle East in Hollywood,” and “Islamophobia.” She also coordinates student internships at Arab and Muslim American organizations in southeast Michigan.
Alsultany is the author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 (New York University Press, 2012). She is co-editor (with Rabab Abdulhadi and Nadine Naber) of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2011), winner of the Arab American National Museum’s Evelyn Shakir Book Award. She is also co-editor (with Ella Shohat) of Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (University of Michigan Press, 2013). She is guest curator of the Arab American National Museum’s online exhibit, Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes (www.arabstereotypes.org). She collaborated with colleagues at other universities to create the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Online Syllabus, https://islamophobiaisracism.wordpress.com/ (2017).
In 2012, Alsultany was awarded a Jack G. and Bernice Shaheen Achievement Award. At the University of Michigan, she has been recognized with the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award (2015), the Arab Community Leadership Award (2015), the Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education (2014), and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship (2017).
Alsultany received an I.B. from the United Nations International School (1991); a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan (1995); an M.A. in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research (1998); and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (2005). Before joining the faculty in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, she was a visiting lecturer at the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.