Waleed F. Mahdi is assistant professor of US-Arab cultural politics at the University of Oklahoma. 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. Waleed is a recipient of several national and international awards, and his peer-reviewed work appears in various venues including American Quarterly, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Mashriq and Mahjar.

Waleed’s current book project analyzes Yemeni and Yemeni American creative expressions of agency in the twenty-first century. He is co-authoring a book with Nate Greenberg that examines US-Arab “war on terror” alignment in Arabic-speaking media and entertainment. He is also guest-editing the special issue “MENA Migrants and Diasporas in Twenty-First-Century Media” for Mashriq and Mahjar.

Waleed’s 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. He also 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.