Current Institutional Affiliation
PhD, American Studies, Yale University

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Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
American Studies, Yale University
Making Muslim Americana: Formations and Contestations in Popular Culture

This project considers how popular cultural genres contribute to the production and destabilization of 21st-century Muslim American identity through contentious expressions of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The genres of what Mayer calls "Muslim Americana"-- including punk, standup comedy, graphic arts, and digital media-- are sites wherein multiethnic, multiracial, queer, and feminist Muslim artists/performers express divergent identities of American Islam within the public sphere. This research shows how this popular cultural work challenges racialized and homogenizing discourses of the War on Terror era while also producing new narratives of Muslim American identity that intersect religion, race/ethnicity, and feminisms.