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Mahdi, Waleed

Assistant Professor of US-Arab Cultural Politics, International & Area Studies
University of Oklahoma


Waleed F. Mahdi is assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma with expertise in US-Arab cultural politics. He conducts research at the intersection of area studies and ethnic studies as he explores issues of cultural representation and identity politics in American, Arab and Arab American contexts. His recent book, Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Syracuse University Press, 2020) examines how Arab American belonging is constructed, defined, and redefined across Hollywood, Egyptian and Arab American cinemas. Waleed he has contributed to the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Mashriq and Mahjar. He has recently completed a multi-institutional research collaboration with Columbia University, the University of Jordan and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies about the 2011 Arab revolutionary public spheres. He is now co-authoring a book with Nate Greenberg that examines the Arab support for American deployment of soft power in the "war on terror" era. He is also developing another book that explores Yemeni and Yemeni American creative expressions of agency in the twenty-first century.

DISCIPLINE
Media Arts
SUB AREAS
Ethnic American Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Arab Studies   
Cultural Studies   
Pop Culture   
Cinema/Film   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Morocco   
Egypt   
Yemen   
Arab States   
North America   
SPECIALTIES
Yemeni and Yemeni American Agency   
Arab American Identity   
US-Arab Cultural Politics   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Native)   
English (Fluent)   
EDUCATION
PhD2015American Studies (US-Arab Cultural Politics)University of Minnesota
MA2008Comparative Literatures and Cultural StudiesUniversity of New Mexico
BA2003English LiteratureTaiz University
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Waleed Mahdi






729 Elm Ave.
Farzaneh Hall, Room 321
Norman, OK
73019
United States

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