Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which has won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National, CNN.com, The London Review of Books, The Nation, and other places. Bayoumi is also the editor of Midnight on Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict (O/R Books and Haymarket Books). Bayoumi’s academic essays have been published by The Yale Journal of Criticism, Transition, Souls, Interventions, Amerasia, Middle East Report, and others. His work has been widely anthologized. Bayoumi has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, FOX News, Book TV, and National Public Radio. Panel discussions on How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? have been convened at The Museum of the City of New York, PEN American Center, Drexel Law School, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Dr. Athena Devlin is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at St. Francis College. She directs both the Women’s Studies Minor and the American Studies Program, which she designed. Dr. Devlin has published a book on masculinity entitled Between Profits and Primitivism: Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the U.S., 1880-1917 (Routledge 2005). Her work on gender has appeared in other publications including The Columbia Journal of American Studies and she has presented numerous papers on gender in American culture. More recently she has presented papers and designed interdisciplinary courses on responses to September 11th. Her current research (a book- length project) is on representations of the war on terror in fiction and film. She is particularly interested in constructions of gender and the West in the work of writers and filmmakers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Algeria.
Susan L. Douglass has an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. She is currently a doctoral candidate in history at George Mason University, managing an NEH Bridging Cultures grant project at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. Since 2007, she has conducted educational outreach workshops for school districts, college and university outreach and community groups for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Her major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thomson/Gale 2002), Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education 2000) teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools, among others. She has developed online teaching resources for Unity Productions Foundation documentary films such as Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Cities of Light, and Inside Islam. Most recently, she designed and developed the website The Indian Ocean in World History (indianoceanhistory.org) for the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in the Middle East Institute.
Dr. Janani Subramanian is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Professor Subramanian’s doctoral research focused race and representation across American literature and film, and currently extends into race, ethnicity and representation across multiple genres, with an emphasis on the ways that critical race theory influences and is influenced by the formal and cultural facets of popular media texts. She is currently revising a book manuscript based on her dissertation entitled Speculative Texts: Fantasy, Representation and Media. Her work has appeared in Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism, Science Fiction Film and Television, Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, Film Quarterly, and a newly released volume, TV and Temporality: Exploring Narrative Time in 21st Century Programming (University of Mississippi Press, 2012).