Teaching, Guest Presentations on Campus, and Graduate Student Committees

Courses, University of Michigan

  • “22 Ways to Think about Race” (Undergraduate)
  • “Race and Mixed Race” (Undergraduate)
  • “Why Do They Hate Us?: Perspectives on 9/11” (Undergraduate)
  • “From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema” (Undergraduate)
  • Islamophobia (Undergraduate)
  • “Introduction to Arab American Studies” (Undergraduate)
  • “Internship in Arab American Studies” (Undergraduate)
  • “The Middle East in American Studies” (Graduate)
  • “Field Development Seminar” (Graduate)

Guest Presentations, University of Michigan

  • 2017     “Campus Climate for Muslim Students,” LSA Dean’s Advisory Panel, March 24.
  • 2016     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Media Studies Research Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, December 1.
  • 2016     “Understanding Islamophobia,” Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Series, Student Life, University of Michigan, November 15.
  • 2016     “Course Planning,” LSA Teaching Academy, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, August 24.
  • 2016         Master of Ceremonies, “Sharing Stories, Building Allyhood: Students Speak Out Against Islamophobia,” LSA Associate Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Education, University of Michigan, January 25.
  • 2015         “Controversy and Inclusivity: Lessons from the the Race and Ethnicity Classroom,” LSA Diversity Institute, May 12.
  • 2015         “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11,” Guest lecture in Yasmin Moll’s course on Religion and Media, Anthropology, University of Michigan, April 8.
  • 2015         “Mixed Race Identities,” guest lecture in Manal Yazbak’s online course, “Exploring Culture Through Literature in English,” Sakhnin College for Teacher Education (Israel), March 24, 2015
  • 2014         “Arab Identities,” keynote address for MEdAN (Middle East Action Network, student group), Community Dinner, October 29, 2014
  • 2014         “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Shazia Iftkhar’s class, The Politics of Representation: Women and Islam, Communication Studies, September 25, 2014
  • 2014     “Language, Controversy, and Inclusivity: Lessons from the Classroom,” Presentation for LSA Institute on Diversity and Campus Climate, May 13.
  • 2014     “Dealing with Controversial Issues in the Classroom,” Presentation for American Culture Faculty Retreat, May 5.
  • 2014     “Dealing with Explosive Issues in the Classroom,” Presentation for LSA Winter Faculty Seminars on Diversity and Climate, January 31.
  • 2014     “What makes a good dissertation?” Panel discussion in American Culture graduate course, January 28.
  • 2013     Keynote Speaker at Delta Tau Lambda Latina Sorority’s Salute to Latinas, October 17.
  • 2013     “Muslim Women in the Media after 9/11,” Communication Studies 405, “Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation,” September 26.
  • 2013     “Are ‘Good Stereotypes Really Good?” TEDxUofM Conference, Power Center, April 5.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Author’s Forum, Hatcher Graduate Library, February 7.
  • 2013     “Pedagogies for Understanding Race,” Center for Research, Teaching, and Learning, January 29.
  • 2013     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media,” Michigan Research Community, Mosher Jordan Dorm, January 28.
  • 2012     “Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11,” Communication Studies 479, “Islam in the Media,” October 9.
  • 2012     “All-American Muslim: Changing Representations of Muslims on Television,” All-American Muslim Screening and dialogue with the cast, Muslim Student Association, January 18.
  • 2011     “How Did Representations of Arabs and Muslims Change After 9/11?” Communication Studies Colloquium, September 22.
  • 2010     “Reflections on Research and Writing,” Approaches to American Culture Graduate Seminar, December 1.
  • 2010     “The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Debate,” Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Fall Mixer, September 28.
  • 2009     “Let’s Talk About the Job Market (baby),” Panelist, American Culture Workshop, October 21.
  • 2009     “Arab American Studies and Transnational American Studies,” American Culture 350, “Approaches to
  • American Culture,” April 13.
  • 2009     “Media Representations of Arabs and Muslims After 9/11,” Middle Eastern and North African Studies 493, “Comparative Perspectives on the Middle East,” March 23.
  • 2008     “Representations of Arab Americans After 9/11,” American Culture 353, “Asians in American Film and Television,” March 6.
  • 2008     “Research and Writing,” American Culture 398, Junior Honors Colloquium, February 2.
  • 2007     “Preparing for the Job Market,” Session Organizer and Moderator, American Culture Workshop, December 6.
  • 2007     “Arab American Studies,” American Culture 335, “Arts and Culture in American Life,” November 13.
  • 2007     “Policing the Boundaries of Community Identity,” Workshop Moderator, Arab Student Summit, Multi-Ethnic Student Association, University of Michigan, November 10.
  • 2006     “M&Ms: A Macro and Micro Approach to the Academic Job Search,” American Culture Workshop, University of Michigan, October 25.
  • 2006     “Being a Research Assistant,” Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program class, University of Michigan, September 13.
  • 2006     “About Baghdad,” Moderator for panel after film screening, University of Michigan-Dearborn, March, 21.
  • 2006     “Pita and Tortillas: The Arab-Latino Connection,” Invited Co-facilitator for undergraduate Arab-Latino Collaborative event. Arab Student Association and Sigma Lambda Gamma, University of Michigan, March 12.

Dissertation and Masters Committees

  • Dominic Garzonio, Dissertation Committee Chair, “Silent Hollywood Orientalism: 1915 – 1929,” expected Winter 2019
  • Meryem Kamil, Dissertation Committee, Co-Chair, “Terms of Service: Pro-Palestinian Organizing in the Post-Fordist University of California System,” expected Winter 2019
  • Joo Young Lee, Dissertation Committee Chair, “The Transnational Politics of Mixed Race: Representations of Afro-Koreans, Afro-Korean Adoptees, and Afro-Korean Americans in American and Korean Media, 1953-2013,” American Culture, University of Michigan, expected Winter 2018
  • Christina LaRose, Dissertation Committee Co-Chair, “Anglophone Arab Women’s Poetry: Women of Color Genealogies, Transnational Subjectivities, and Trauma Recovery,” English and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, expected Winter 2018
  • Noha Beydoun, External Dissertation Committee Member, “The Politics of Hijab in Contemporary American Culture,” English Department, Wayne State University, expected Winter 2017
  • Wajeeha Choudhary, External Dissertation Committee Member, “Can Malala Speak? A Visual Analysis of South Asian Muslim Women in Western Mass Media,” Communication, Culture, and Media, Drexel University, 2016.
  • Balbir Singh, External Committee Member, “Militant Bodies: Policing Race, Religion, and Violence in the U.S. Sikh Diaspora,” Department of English, University of Washington, 2016.
  • Yamil Avivi, Dissertation Committee Chair, “Reading Second Generation Latinos through Subculture: Coming of Age in Neoliberal Elizabeth in the 1980s and 1990s,” 2016.
  • Umayyah Cable, External Dissertation Committee Member, “Cinematic Activism: Palestinian Cultural Politics in the United States,” American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2016.
  • Omar Baz Radwan, External Examiner, “Ambiguous State of Being: Identity Construction in Contemporary Arab American Poetry Post-9/11,” Dublin City University, 2016.
  • Waleed Mahdi, External Dissertation Committee Member, “Spectacles of Otherness & Cinematic Interventions: Re-locating Arab Americans in a Transnational Context,”American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Sarah Gothie, Dissertation Committee Chair, “(Her)itage: Interpretation, Literary Tourism, and the Popular Legacies of Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, and Beatrix Potter,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2015
  • Mejdulene Shomali, Dissertation Committee Co-Chair, “Moving Femininities: Queer Critique and Transnational Arab Culture,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2015
  • Kathy Zarur, Dissertation Committee Member, “Self-Portraiture and Rise of ‘Arab’ Art: Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Hassan Musa and Walid Raad,” Department of Art History, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Hannah Noel, Dissertation Committee Co-Chair, “Fear and Threat in Illegal America: Latinas/os, Immigration, and Progressive Representation,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Lamees Al Ethari, External Dissertation Committee Member, “Defragmenting Identity in the Life Narratives of Iraqi North American Women,” English Department, University of Waterloo, 2014
  • Katharina Motyl, External Dissertation Committee Member, “With the Face of the Enemy: Arab American Literature since 9/11,” Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universitat, Berlin, 2013
  • Matthew M. Andrews, Dissertation Committee Member, “Refashioning the Intimate: Race and Personal Relationships in Contemporary Multiracial Filipino America,” Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, 2013
  • Lisa Suhair Majaj, Dissertation Committee Member, “Transformative Acts: Arab American Writing/Writing Arab America,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Rachel Afi Quinn, Dissertation Committee Chair, ‘Aqui Hay Una Mezcla: Dominican Women’s Transnational Identities in Santo Domingo,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Stephanie Nohelani Teves, Dissertation Committee Member, “We’re All Hawaiians Now: Kanaka Maoli Performance and the Politics of Aloha,” American Culture, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Reem Gibriel, MFA Thesis Committee Member, “METamphorae: From Emotion to Metaphor, from Sentiment to Symbol,” School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Sally Howell, Dissertation Committee Member, “Inventing the American Mosque: Early Muslims and Their Institutions in Detroit, 1910-1980, American Culture, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Leila Buck, External Masters Committee Member, “The Use of Autobiography in Arab-American Solo Performance,” External Masters Thesis Committee Member, The Gallatin School, New York University, 2008