Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies
Associate Professor, African American Studies School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of Southern California, Critical Studies
2112 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 2435
Fields of Interest:
Muslim Studies, Black radicalism and internationalism, critical race studies, U.S. imperial culture, cultural studies, decolonization.
Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America (2012).
Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (with Michael Eric Dyson) Basic Civitas, 2009.
“Protect Ya Neck: Muslims and the Carceral Imagination in the Age of Guantánamo (Remix),” in Black Routes To Islam, Hisham Aidi and Manning Marable (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan.
"A Rebel To America: 'N.Y. State of Mind' After the Towers Fell," in Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic, Sohail Daulatzai & Michael Eric Dyson (eds.), Basic Civitas.
“The Birth and Rise of L.A. Rap,” in Movement: Hip-Hop in L.A., 1980’s – Now, Exhibit Catalog, sponsored by City of Los Angeles Department Cultural Affairs, 2007.
“Protect Ya Neck: Muslims and the Carceral Imagination in the Age of Guantánamo,” in Souls, vol. 9, no. 2 (Spring 2007).
“To the East, Blackwards: Bandung Hopes, Diasporic Dreams, and Black/Muslim Encounters in Sam Greenlee’s Baghdad Blues,” in Souls, vol. 8, no. 4 (Fall 2006).
“Blood of a Slave, Heart of a King: Edward Said As B-Boy” in Amer-Asia Journal (Special Issue on the legacy of Edward Said) UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press (Spring 2005).
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme - Liner Notes for the DVD release on Palm Pictures (dir. by. Kevin Fitzgerald, 2005).
“War At 33 1/3: Hip-Hop, the Language of the Unheard, and the Afro-Asian Atlantic” in The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip-Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture, Dipannita Basu & Sid Lemelle (eds.), Pluto Press (2006).
“Inna Babylon: Mutiny and the Soul Rebels From the Subcontinent,” in SAMAR, no.18.
“View the World From American Eyes: Ball, Islam and Dissent in Post-Race America,” in Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim, Todd Boyd & Ken Shropshire (eds.), New York University Press (2000).
“(Re)Birth of a Nation: Islam, Cultural Politics and the Rhetoric of Empire,” Spectator: USC Journal of Film and Television Criticism, Special Issue: “Monitoring Television: Race, Representation and Nationhood,” (Fall/Winter 1998).
“Darker Than Blue, Conversations on the Game: An Interview With Dr. Todd Boyd,” Spectator: USC Journal of Film and Television Criticism, Special Issue: “Monitoring Television: Race, Representation and Nationhood,” (Fall/Winter 1998).