Waleed F. Mahdi is assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma. A specialist in US-Arab cultural politics, his research is 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.

Waleed’s book Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Syracuse University Press, 2020) compares Hollywood, Egyptian, and Arab American cinemas, examining the politics of portraying Arab Americans in each with key interests around identity, belonging, and cultural citizenship.

Waleed is a recipient of various national and international grants, and he has contributed to the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Mashriq and Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies.

Waleed is currently 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.