Dr. Waleed F. Mahdi is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma with joint affiliations at the Department of International & Area Studies (College of International Studies) and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (College of Arts and Sciences).

A specialist in US-Arab cultural politics, Dr. Mahdi’s 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.

Dr. Mahdi’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.

Dr. Mahdi 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.

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