Dr. Deepa Kumar is an award-winning scholar and activist. She is the recipient of the Dallas Smythe award for her engaged scholarship and the Georgina Smith award for her work on gender and race equity. She is the author of more than 75 publications including books, journal articles, book chapters, and articles in independent and mainstream media. She has given over 20 keynote and plenary addresses at conferences around the world.
Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key forces that define our era–neoliberalism and imperialism. Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike (University of Illinois Press, 2007), is about the power of the U.S. working class in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. In her second book, she turns her attention to race and the politics of empire during the War on Terror era. Titled Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Haymarket Books, 2012), the books examines how a racialized terrorist threat has been produced. She takes a long view, tracing the ways in which the “Muslim enemy” has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire.
She is currently working on a third book on the cultural politics of the US national security state from the Cold War to the War on Terror. In it, she pays heed to the ways in which gender, race, and class intersect in the reproduction of imperial structures.
She is recognized as a leading scholar on Islamophobia and empire both nationally and internationally. Her book on Islamophobia has been translated into several languages. She is also part of the Media Education Foundation‘s series on media, culture and Middle East along with Edward Said and Jack Shaheen.
She has been sought out by the media for her expertise in numerous media outlets such as the BBC, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Telesur (Venezuela), Hurriyat Daily News (Turkey), Al Jazeera and other national and international news media outlets.
Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University. She is affiliated faculty with the Women and Gender Studies Department as well as Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Race and Ethnicity; she is graduate faculty in the Sociology department.
You can contact her at dekumar (at) rutgers.edu. Or you may reach her by telephone at 848-932-8704.