Print Media

Op-Eds & Commentary

“Diversity, Defanged: In higher ed, the concept has lost all meaning,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 15, 2022.

“Diversity Initiatives Are Failing the U.S. Muslim Community” TIME Magazine, November 28, 2022.

“Worse than Hate: The Inspiration for Hate Crimes Against Muslims,” Democracy Paradox, November 18, 2022.

“‘Dune’ Repeats Tired Tropes of a White Savior in a Middle Eastern Setting,” co-authored with Sue Obeidi, The Wrap, February 23, 2022.

“‘We Are Lady Parts” Is “the Muslim Representation We Have Been Waiting For,” co-authored with Sue Obeidi, The Hollywood Reporter, June 14, 2021.

“How Hollywood Can Better Represent Muslim Characters and Storylines,” co-authored with Sue Obeidi, The Hollywood Reporter, August 7, 2020.

“Islamophobia in the U.S. Did Not Start with Trump, But His Tweets Perpetuate a Long History Equating Muslims with Terrorism,” The Conversation, January 29, 2020.

“Will Netflix’s Messiah Spark Outrage at the Portrayal of Muslims?” NYU Press’ Blog, From the Square, Op-Ed, January 10, 2020.

“How the new ‘Aladdin’ stacks up against a century of Hollywood stereotyping,” The Conversation, May 26, 2019

Republished in 46 news outlets around the world including Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent.

“Muslims are facing a civil rights crisis in America,” The Washington Post, November 11, 2015.

“Stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims Persists after 9/11,” Islamic Horizons, November/December 2014, 46-48.

“Argo Tries But Fails to Diffuse Stereotypes,” The Islamic Monthly, Fall 2013, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 104-107.

All-American Muslim: Reinforcing One Stereotype, Challenging Another,” From the Square, New York University Press Blog, January 6, 2012.

“Arab and Muslim Stereotypes Influence Thought, Policies,” Press of Atlantic City, July 26, 2011.

Quotes & Interviews

“Rising Stars: Meet Evelyn Alsultany,” VoyageLA, January 2, 2023

Nielsen, “Toward Improving MENA Representation on Screen,”, April 15, 2022. 

Rime El Jadidi, “Why Exceedingly Positive Portrayal is Not a Straightforward Path to a Better Onscreen Representation of Muslim Communities,” Canada Media Fund Now & Next, April 14, 2022. 

Joy Saha, “Peter Dinklage pushes Disney’s ‘Snow White’ remake to rethink ‘f**king backward’ dwarf depictions,” Salon, January 26, 2022. 

Diogo Bercito, “De terroristas a patriotas, Hollywood reinventou os muçulmanos no pós-Trump,” Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), June 23, 2021. 

Khawla Nakua, “How can we confront Islamophobia in the media?,” Al-Jazeera Media Institute, September 12, 2021.

Dalia Hatuqa, “Recasting the way Muslims are seen, one actor at a time,” The Washington Post, May 7, 2021

Rima Abdelkader, “Oscars 2021 nominee Riz Ahmed in ‘Sound of Metal’ has already won by breaking stereotypes,” Today, April 28, 2021.

Dr. Jalal Baig, “Oscars 2021 nominee Riz Ahmed in ‘Sound of Metal’ has already won by breaking stereotypes,” NBC News THINK, April 25, 2021.

Kourosh Ziabari, “Challenging Islamophobia Requires Learning about Islamophobia as a PoliticalConstruct,” Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, Interview, December 13, 2019.

Brooke Anderson, “The Long Fight for MENA Recognition in the US Census,” The New Arab, September 9, 2020.

Alexa St. John, “U-M community, Arab and Muslim American studies program bid farewell to longtime professor Evelyn Alsultany,” The Michigan Daily, December 8, 2018.

Saba Hamedy, “How Trump’s travel ban motivated some Muslim Americans to run for office,”, April 25, 2018.

Leila Fadel, “Beauty Brands Struggle with the Diverse Options that Come with Diverse Faces,” NPR, February 27, 2018.

Isha Aran, “The Charged, Complicated Racial Dynamics of Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ Video,” Splinter News, August 22, 2017.

Hannah Allam, “Tired of Negativity, Muslims take on media stereotypes,” McClatchy News Service, Detroit Free Press, May 1, 2016.

David Zurawick, “Muslims on TV Seen Through Terror Prism,” Baltimore Sun, December 11, 2015.

Sujay Kumar, “The Everyday Terror of Islamophobia in America,” Splinter News, July 23, 2015.