Articles in mainstream and independent media

With Nancy Woolf, “It’s the law, so why are women at Rutgers still fighting for pay equity.” Dec, 2020,  NJ Star Ledger.

With Patrick Barrett. What role did Sexism play in Warren’s failed presidential bid?March, 2020 Commondreams.

If you struggle, you can win, Jacobin, Kumar, D. (2019, April 29).

“The Case for Robust Debate in the “post-truth” era,” with Patrick Barrett, Toward Freedom, Oct 4, 2017.

“The Art of Spin” with Patrick Barrett, Jacobin, Nov 6, 2016.

“It is not just hate crimes: Islamophobia is the product of a deeply racist system,” launch article for the Greyzone project, Alternet, January 30, 2016.

“The Roots of Islamophobia,” Jacobin, Dec 21, 2015.

“Imperialist Feminism: A Response to Meredith Tax,” OpenDemocracy, Dec 17, 2014.

“Imperialist Feminism and Liberalism,” OpenDemocracy, Nov 6, 2014

“ISIS, 9/11 and the Terrorism Time Loop,” Mondoweiss, Sept 11, 2014.

“The more the dead, the better”: Israel’s crumbling media war, Salon, July 23, 2104

Stop Spying on Muslim Americans, Albany Times Union, Orlando Sentinel, July 14, 2014. (this syndicated column appeared in many newspapers and was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Media Stoke out Terrorism Mindset, New York Times, April 16, 2014

Judicial Ruling a Disaster for Americans, Lima News, Ohio, April 19, 2014 (this syndicated column appeared in many newspapers and was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Homeland and the Imagination of National Security, co-authored with Arun Kundnani, Jacobin, Nov 13, 2103. Republished in Commondreams, Mondoweiss, etc.

American Liberalism and the National Security State, Al Jazeera (English), July 23, 2013.

Liberalism and the National Security State (longer version), Mondoweiss, Znet etc. July 23, 2013.

Zero Dark Thirty: US condoned propaganda promotes extra judicial killing of brown men, Truthout, Jan 23, 2013.

Beyond Torture: Zero Dark Thirty and the promotion of extra judicial killing, CommonDreams, January 15, 2013 also on Znet and Mondoweiss.

Furor in France: Mission civilisatrice and “Muslim Rage” in the Motherland, Monthly Review Zine, Sept 24, 2012.

Anti-American Protests: Cutting Through Media Propaganda, Znet, Sept 16, 2012.

Libya Attacks: Lets not allow the far right to set the agenda, Brandenton TimesBellingham Herald, September 13, 2012. (this syndicated column appeared in many newspapers and was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Its Easier to Kill People Once you have Dehumanized them, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 8, 2012.

Sikhs, Muslims, and Guilt by Association, Milwakee Journal SentinalHurriyat Daily News etc. August 7, 8 2012. (this syndicated column appeared in many newspapers and was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Guilt By Association, St Louis Post Dispatch, August 6, 2012.

Romney’s Israel claim fits in with GOP’s Muslim “Southern Strategy” Miami HeraldBrandenton Times, etc. August 1, 2012. (this syndicated column appeared in many newspapers and was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Romney’s Israel claim fits in with GOP’s Muslim “Southern Strategy”The Progressive, August 1, 2012.

Islamophobia: A Bipartisan Project, The Nation, July 2, 2012.

The NYPD: Islamophobes in Blue (with Danny Lucia),, Feb 13, 2012.

The Islamophobic Warriors, Socialist Worker, August, 2011 and Samar Magazine, Nov 2011

Political Islam: A Marxist Analysis (Part 2), International Socialist Review, July/August, 2011.

Political Islam: A Marxist Analysis (Part 1), International Socialist Review, March/April, 2011.

Wikileaks, Iran, and the US’s Arab Allies, MRzine, etc., December, 2010

The US to Gaza Initiative and the Hillel controversy at Rutgers, Dissident Voice etc., November, 2010

Threat of the Far Right in Europe, Socialist Worker, October, 2010.

Challenging Islamophobia: An Assessment of the “Ground Zero mosque” debate, MRzine, August, 2010.

Green Scare: The Making of the New Muslim Enemy, CommonDreams, April, 2010.

“Why the US has to go,” interview with the Afghan member of parliament Malalai Joya, Nov 10, 2009, SW online.

Obama’s Cairo Speech: A Rhetorical Shift in US Imperialism, Dissident Voice,  MRZine etc, June, 2009.

Behind the Myths about Hamas, Mrzine, March, 2009
Ron Carey: Working Class Hero, Monthly Review Zine, December 16, 2008

Hands off Iran : Why Iranian Women don’t need rescuing by the US, MRzine, Znet, Oct. 3, 2007.

Ten Years Since the UPS Strike: Globalization and Inequality, Znet, July 19, 2007

Islam and Islamophobia, International Socialist Review 52, March-April 2007

US Media, Israel, and Lebanese Civilians, Monthly Review Zine, July 23, 2006

Amnesty Now! The Immigration Debate, Monthly Review Zine, May 16, 2006

Fighting Islamophobia: A Response to Critics, Monthly Review Zine, March 4, 2006

Danish Cartoons: Racism Has No Place on the Left, Monthly Review Zine, February 21, 2006

Articles in scholarly journals

Kumar, D. (2020). Terrorcraft: Empire and the Making of the Racialized terrorist threat, Race and Class, 62 (2), 34-60.

Lead Article: Kumar, D. (2018). The right kind of “Islam”: News media representations of US-Saudi relations during the Cold War. Journalism Studies, 19 (8), 1079-1097.

Lead Article: Kumar, D. (2018). Fighting from the margins: Neoliberalism, imperialism and the struggle to democratize the university. Democratic Communiqué, 27 (2), 4-24.

Deepa Kumar, “See Something, Say Something”: Security rituals, Affect, and the Construction of US Nationalism” Public Culture, Vol. 30, Issue 1, 2018.

Deepa Kumar, “National Security Culture: Gender, Race and Class in the Production of Imperial Citizenship.” International Journal of Communication Vol. 11 (May, 2017).

Deepa Kumar, “Fighting from the Margins: Neoliberalism, Imperialism and the Struggle to Democratize the University,” Democratic Communiqué Vol. 27, Issue 2 (published online, 2017, print version forthcoming).

Deepa Kumar, “The Right Kind of “Islam”: News Media Representations of US-Saudi Relations during the Cold War,” Journalism Studies (published online, Dec 2016, print version forthcoming).

Deepa Kumar, “Imperialist Feminism,” International Socialist Review, Vol 102, Fall, 2016, pp. 56-70.

Deepa Kumar, “Race, Ideology, and Empire,” Dialectical Anthropology, Vol 39, Issue 1, 2015

Deepa Kumar and Arun Kundnani, “Race, Surveillance, and Empire,” International Socialist Review, Vol 96, Spring, 2015, pp. 18-44.

Deepa Kumar and Arun Kundnani, “Imagining National Security: The CIA, Hollywood, and the War on Terror,” Democratic Communiqué, vol. 26, issue 2, 2014, 72-83.

Lead article: Deepa Kumar, “Mediating Racism: The New McCarthyites and the Matrix of Islamophobia,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication vol. 7, 2014, 9-26.

“Framing Islam: The Resurgence of Orientalism during the Bush II Era, ” Journal of Communication Inquiry, No. 34, vol. 3, 2010.

Jihad Jane: Constructing the New Muslim Enemy, Fifth Estate Online, International Journal of Radical Mass Media Criticism, April, 2010.

“Heroes, Victims, and Veils: Women’s Liberation and the Rhetoric of Empire Post 9/11,” Forum on Public Policy (journal of the Oxford Roundtable), 2008.

“A New Era?: The 2008 Elections, Public Opinion, and the Mass Media,” Fifth Estate Online, International Journal of Radical Mass Media Criticism, November, 2008.

“Media, War, and Propaganda: Strategies of Information Management during the 2003 Iraq War,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Vol. 3, no. 1, March, 2006.

“Unveiling Imperialism: Media, Gender, and the War on Afghanistan,” Media, Culture and Society, with Carol Stabile, Vol. 27, no. 5, September, 2005.

“‘What’s Good for UPS is Good For America’: Nation and Class in Network Television News Coverage of the UPS Strike,” Television and New Media, Vol. 6, No. 2, May, 2005.

“War Propaganda and the (Ab)uses of Women: Media Constructions of the Jessica Lynch Story,” Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, November, 2004.

“Mass Media, Class and Democracy: The Struggle Over Newspaper Representation of the UPS Strike,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2001, pp. 285-302.

Essays in anthologies

“Islamophobia and Empire: An Intermestic Approach to the study of Anti-Muslim Racism,” in Narzanin Massoumi, Tom Mills and David Miller (eds.), What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements, and the State. University of Chicago Press, 2017.


“Liberalism’s Spawn: Imperialist Feminism from the 19th century to the War on Terror,” in Alejandro Abraham-HamanoielDes FreedmanGholam KhiabanyKate Nash and Julian Petley (eds.) Liberalism in Neoliberal Times: Dimensions, Contradictions, Limits, Goldsmiths University Press, 2017.

“Play it Again, (Uncle) Sam: A Brief History of US Imperialism, Propaganda, and the News,” in Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff (eds.) Project Censored 2015, pp. 299-318, 2014.

Sticking it to the Man”: Neoliberalism, Corporate Media, and Strategies of Resistance in the 21st Century,” in Janice Peck and Inger L. Stole (eds.) A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II, Marquette University Press, 2011.

“Globalization and Workers’ Power”: The Struggle for Hegemony during the 1997 UPS Strike,” Knowledge Workers in the Information Society, edited by Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco, Lexington Books, 2007, pp. 267-84.

“Media, Culture, and Society: The Relevance of Marx’s Dialectical Method,” translated into Portuguese, for the online Brazilian journal Sinal De Minos, October, 2009.

“Media, War, and Propaganda: Strategies of Information Management during the 2003 Iraq War,” translated into Chinese and reprinted in Wenfa He (ed.), From Arrogance to Politeness, Images of China Reflected on Foreign Mainstream Media, Press of Communication, University of China, 2009.

“Unveiling Imperialism: Media, Gender, and the War on Afghanistan,” with Carol Stabile, journal article reprinted in Paul James (ed) Globalization and Culture, Sage, 2009.

“Corporate Media, Globalization, and the Working Class: The Struggle for Hegemony during the 1997 UPS Strike” in Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco (Eds.)Knowledge Workers in the Information Society. Lexington Books, 2007.

“Media, Culture, and Society: The Relevance of Marx’s Dialectical Method,” in Lee Artz, Steve Macek and Dana Cloud (Eds.) Marxism and Communication Studies: The Point is to Change It. Peter Lang, 2006.

“Media, Class, and Power: Debunking the Myth of a Classless Society” lead essay inDon Heider (Ed.) Class and News. Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

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