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RESEARCH

My research falls within several areas, all of them engaging the role of digital media and information technologies in the gendered social and political relations of the Middle East. My interests include feminist and postcolonial approaches to the study of Middle East politics, critical security studies, the political economy of information, corporate consolidation of media, new labor arrangements emerging from networked communication, and the reorganization of human security regimes around the use of everyday technological devices and practices.

My current book project, titled Games, Hunters, Provocateurs: Digital Mediations of Violence, Gender and Race in the Middle East, focuses on how discourse and the properties of computational media interact together to produce gendered and racialized knowledge about women’s rights, sexual violence, and human security in the Middle East.  The research areas outlined here reflect chapters in the monograph.  

I am also interested in the larger problematics of transnational communication as they stretch across different geographical regions. In particular, I am interested in the technical arrangements that constitute the global South as a digital space, and how these arrangements are mutating and changing who and what is able to define the global South. Just as recent developments have expanded the focus of international relations into areas of political communication, future advances will shift the field toward a more comprehensive understanding of the multiple layers, levels and effects of communication, and paths for more equitable methods of participation. This transition will require methods engaging not only discursive analyses of communicative practices, but also theories of programmatic languages, software studies, and media ecology approaches in order to make sense of emerging global issues. This is where I locate the trajectory of my research.

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