Arab American Studies: What It Is and Why it Matters

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  Thursday, April 28, 2022
  12 - 1:30 p.m.
  Online via Zoom
  Sarah M.A. Gualtieri: Umayyah Cable: Sharif Zakout: Keith Feldman: Doaa Dorgham

In honor of National Arab American Heritage Month, The Asian American Research Center (AARC), The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the South, Southwest Asian, and North African Initiative (SSWANA) will be hosting a panel on Arab American Studies: What It Is and Why It Matters.

The panel will be highlighting accomplishments of Arab Americans, the politics of representation, and the politics of knowledge.


Umayyah Cable is jointly appointed in the departments of American Culture and Film, Television, and Media, and is a core faculty member in the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program, at the University of Michigan. They earned a PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity and a graduate certificate in Visual Studies from the University of Southern California. Before joining the University of Michigan, they held an appointment as assistant professor of Media Studies at Purchase College (SUNY), as well as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the programs of Asian American Studies and Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University, and a faculty fellowship at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University in spring 2020. They are currently completing a book manuscript on the history of Arab American media activism in the mobilization of Palestine solidarity politics in the United States.

Dr. Sarah M.A. Gualtieri is Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Ethnicity, and History and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Middle East Studies. Her research and teaching bridge several fields, notably Middle East Migration Studies, Arab American Studies, and Critical Ethnic Studies with a particular focus on questions of race, gender, and power. Gualtieri’s publications include two books and a number of peer-reviewed articles. Her first book, Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009) examines the history of Arab racial formation in the United States with a particular focus on the problematic of “whiteness.” Her second book, Arab Routes: Pathways to Syrian California (Stanford University Press 2019), uncovers the stories of Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian migrants in Southern California, focusing on connections to and through Latin America and the multiethnic solidarities that emerge from them. Arab Routes won the Arab American Book Award and the Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies.

Sharif Zakout is a Bay Area born and raised organizer and artist. His family comes from the al-Majdal region in Palestine. He works as an organizer for the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) in San Francisco, CA and on the side creates art and music that uplifts international solidarity with Palestine, linking different struggles, and highlighting our collective resistance. Long Live International Solidarity!

Dr. Keith Feldman

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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