I am associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research is situated at the crossroad of important contemporary issues such as identity, religion, and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious subjectivities among Muslims in the Middle East and in diaspora. My work on diasporic media and the leveling of religious authority through the proliferation of Islamic media has appeared in various journal publications and book volumes.
I am the author of Voicing Diasporas: Ethnic Radio in Paris and Berlin Between Culture and Renewal (published by Lexington Books in 2011) and co-editor of International Blogging : Identity, Politics and Networked Publics (published in 2009 by Peter Lang Publishing).
My columns have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Salon, Forbes Magazine, The Huffington Post, Open Democracy, Geo, and Religion Dispatches. Prior to joining CU, I taught at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, where I helped set up the international communication department, the University of Louisville and Indiana University-Bloomington. A native of Morocco, I earned my BA from Mohammed V University in Rabat and his MA and PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington.
I am currently writing a book manuscript, Unmosquing Islam: Muslim Media and Alternative Modernity, which explores how Muslims engage, through their own media production, modernity as a source of both contention and identification. Using a multilayered analysis of six case studies of Muslim media in Cairo, Los Angeles, Dubai, San Francisco, London, and Austin, the book examines how transnational satellite television and digital media have become prime discursive and performative stages where young individuals and institutions debate and contest what it means to be “modern” in the Muslim context.