Speaking Events


“20 Years Since 9/11: Terrorism, Race, and the Media,” Tuesday, March 2nd, 6:30pm EST, Schering-Plough Executive Lectures at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Terrorcraft: Empire, Racialization and the Media,” Wednesday, April 7, 9am EST, Media Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley.


Keynote address: “Terrorcraft: The Making of the Racialized Terrorist Threat,” Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies conference, Western Sydney University, Australia, September 30, 2019.

“Labor, Social Justice, and the return of the Strike,” as part of the Will Miller Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Vermont’s English Department and United Academics and endorsed by the Global Justice Ecology Project, Peace and Justice Center, and Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace

Plenary address: “Equity, Security, Dignity: The Rutgers AAUP-AFT Struggle,” California Faculty Association Fall Kick-Off conference, San Francisco, August 16, 2019.

Keynote address: “Constructing Threats: Black, Brown and Red” hosted by Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for Black History Month, Fairfield University, and sponsored by the Communication Department, Asian Studies Department and the Fairfield University Student Association, Muslim Student Association, South Asian Students Association, and the Campus Ministry, February 12, 2018.

Keynote address: “Trump’s Muslim Ban and the Construction of the Terrorist Threat from the 1970s to the Present,” hosted by the Race, Ethnicities, and Migration Program as part of the Laura Padilla Colloquium, sponsored by the dean’s office and the Political Science Department, Colorado College, March 2, 2017.

“Resisting Empire: Anti-Muslim racism and the Matrix of Islamophobia,” Living with Islamophobia Conference, hosted by the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Alice Salomon University Berlin, in cooperation with the Council on Migration and the University of Salzburg, October 11-12, 2018.

“Islam and the US Construction of a Global Threat,” Cambridge History of America in the World Conference, Yale University, September 27-29, 2018.

“Women, Gender, and Empire: From Gendered Orientalism to Imperialist Feminism,” hosted by the Maxwell School, Middle Eastern Studies Program, the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and co-sponsored by Maxwell Dean’s Office, the Humanities Center, the South Asian Center, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, and the departments of History, International Relations, Religion, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies. Panel discussion with Prof. Cemil Aydin, professor of History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, March 30, 2018.

“Terrorcraft: The Construction of the Racialized Terrorist Threat from the 1970s to the War on Terror,” hosted by the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, November 27, 2017.

“Constructing the Terrorist Threat: The Media, Islamophobia and the War on Terror,” University of Pittsburgh, hosted by the Department of Communication and sponsored by the departments of English, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology, as well as Cultural Studies, the Humanities Center, Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Global Studies, October 27, 2017.

“Terrorcraft: The Construction of the Racialized Terrorist Threat from the 1970s to the War on Terror,” Elihu Katz Colloquium series, hosted by the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, September 29, 2017.

“Why Academic Freedom Matters: Neoliberalism, Imperialism, and the attack on Critical Thinking,” hosted by Communication Studies and the Department of Mass Communication, Towson University, April 20, 2017.

Plenary address: “Islamophobia and Empire,” Countering the Islamophobia Industry: Towards More Effective Strategies conference, hosted by the Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia, September, 26, 2017.

7pm, March 2, 2017: “Situating Trump’s Muslim Ban: The Construction of the Terrorist Threat from the 1970s to the Present,” Colorado College.

April 20, 2017: “Why Academic Freedom Matters: Neoliberalism, Imperialism and the attack on Critical Thinking,” Towsen University.

Opening Plenary: “Towards an Intermestic Approach to the study of Anti-Muslim Racism.” From Orientalism to Islamophobia conference, an international conference hosted by the Department of Historical Sciences, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Oct 20-21, 2016.

Nelson Series Distinguished Lecture: “Islamophobia and the Endless War on Terror,” Harvey Mudd College, October 5, 2016.

Willi Unsoeld Seminar Distinguished lecture: “In Search of Monsters to Destroy”: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and US Imperialism. “Thinking Together, Acting Together” series. Feb 25, 2016. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the VP of Academic Affairs, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.

Invited Presidential panelist on Thematic Session “History of the Middle East from the Bottom Up,” American Sociological Association Annual Conference with Professors Juan Cole, Gilbert Achcar, Valentine Moghadam. Seattle August 19-21, 2016.

“”In Search of Monsters to Destroy”: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and US Imperialism,” Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Feb 29th, 2016. Sponsors: The departments of American Cultural Studies, Communication Studies, History, and Women’s Sexuality and Gender Studies, along with The Ethnic Student Center, Fairhaven College World Issues Forum and the Social Issues Resource Center.

“Gender, Race, and War: Why Women do not benefit from Imperial Feminism,” Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Feb 29th, 2016. Sponsors: The departments of American Cultural Studies, Communication Studies, History, and Women’s Sexuality and Gender Studies, along with The Ethnic Student Center, Fairhaven College World Issues Forum and the Social Issues Resource Center.

Keynote address: 29th September, 10am: “Islam vs. Free Speech: Media Spectacles, Nationalism and the Limits of Liberalism.” Ten Years After: The Muhammad Cartoons: Perspectives, Reflections and Challenges conference, Department of Culture and Global Studies, University of Aalsborg, Denmark.

June 8, 7pm: Challenges of the War on Terror: Islamophobia, Civil Liberties, and Academic Freedom. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN. Panel with Max Blumenthal, Lindsey German and David Price.

June 11, 9am,  KEYNOTE session: “Mediating Racism: The New McCarthyites and the Matrix of Islamophobia, Keynote session, room, CB2.6, Chancellors Building, University of Bath. Understanding Conflict: Research, ideas and responses to security threat conference. Hosted by the Institute for Policy Research and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

July 2-5: Liberation at gunpoint? The politics of feminist imperialism, Socialism 2015 Conference, Chicago.

April 8th, 7:30pm: Confronting Islamophobia, College of Nursing Building, Seton Hall University, sponsored by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, School of Political Science and Public Affairs, Department of Religion, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

March 30, 4pm: “Gender, Sexuality, and Empire: “Imperialist Feminism” in Culture from the 19th Century to the War on Terror,” Distinguished Speaker, 2015 Hitchcock Lecture, University of Iowa. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies.

March 14: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, Deerfield Progressive Forum, Deerfeild Beach, Florida.

Feb 18, 4:30pm: Panel on Gender based violence and militarism, Ruth Dill Crockett Johnson Building, Douglas Campus, Rutgers University. Sponsored by the Center for Global Women’s Leadership.

Feb 10, 7pm: “Empire and Feminism: Mediating Gender in the War on Terror,” LSP-142 Boncheck Lecture Hall, Franklin and Marshall College, PA. Hosted by the Department of Religion and Women’s Studies.

“ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Current Drive to War,” Oct 9, 8pm, Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, room 703.

“Race, Surveillance and Empire” with Arun Kundnani, 9am, July 27th, Socialism 2014 conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago.

May 22, 6:30pm: “Rebel Music,” in conversation with author Hisham Aidi hosted by the New America Foundation. Recording available here.

May 9, 2014, 7pm: “Marxism and Privilege Theory,” CUNY Graduate Center, 4th Floor Science Center room, 565 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

May 5, 7pm: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, Raritan Valley College, Conference Hall, Lamington Road.

April 18, 2014, 1:45pm: “Islamophobia in the Obama Era: Liberalism and the National Security State,” Islamophobia Conference, Booth Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

April 26, 2014, 3pm: “Half Victim, Half Terrorist: Muslims, Asians, and othering of Brown people,” University of Oregon, Eugene.

Feb 27, 2014, 7pm: “Race, Surveillance and Empire” panel with Arun Kundnani, Campus Center 174, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Feb 28th, 2014, 12pm: Islamophobia and Empire panel with Arun Kundnani, Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Building, Hampshire College

Feb 7, 2014, 3pm: “Manufacturing the Terrorist Enemy: Media, Culture and Politics” Haaren Hall, Room 630, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College.

Constructing the Muslim Enemy, Avaya Auditorium, 7pm, Sept 12, 201 E. 24th St., University of Texas, Austin.

Racial sensitivity workshop for university administrators, 2 – 4PM, Student Services Building, Glenn Maloney Room, (SSB G1.310), Thursday, September 12, 2013, University of Texas, Austin.

Racial sensitivity workshop for student groups, Noon – 2PM, SAC 1.118, Friday, September 13, 2013, University of Texas, Austin.

Keynote address at the Islamic Center of Cleveland hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:30pm, Cleveland, Ohio

Keynote address at Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 29th, 5:45pm, Indiana Memorial Union.

Book Tour (March 2-17th, 2013):

March 2nd: Simon Fraser University, 7-9pm, Rm 1700 Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

March 4th: University of British Columbia, 12:30pm, Rm 207/209 Student Union Building

March 4th: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 7:00pm, Conference Centre-Room A, 12666 72 Avenue, Surrey

March 5th: Langara College, 12:30pm, 100 W. 49th, room C122

March 6th: University of Washington, Seattle, 6pm, Gowan Hall, Rm 301.

March 12: University of California, Berkeley, 6 pm, Barrows Hall, room 155

March 19th: University of Michigan (Flint), 4pm, MSB, room 107.

March 13, 2013: “Confronting the Global Rape Crisis,” Laney College, Oakland
7pm Laney Art Center, rm 110, 900 Fallon Street

March 7th, 2013: “Confronting the Global Rape Crisis,” Stanford University
7pm, Stanford Building 200, rm 303, 450 Serra Mall

Dec 5, 7pm, Panel on “Islamophobia, Empire, and US Politics” with Elly Bulkin and Mediha Tahir, sponsored by Jewish Voices for Peace, Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St, Washington Sq South, NYC, 2012.

November 16, 7:30pm: “Beyond Muslim Rage: Empire at Home and Abroad,” Book Party and panel discussion with Saadia Toor and Sonny Singh, sponsored by the Brecht Forum, Judson Church, Assembly Hall 55 Washington Sq South, New York City.

Nov 19, 6:00pm, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, Portland State University, Smith Student Union, Room 236.

Oct 4, 6:30: Panel discussion “After the War on Terror” with Matt Kennard and Chase Madar. New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10003

October 18th, 7pm: “The Muslims are Coming: Racism and the Politics of Empire,” at Florida Atlantic University, Board of Trustees Room, Williams Administration building, Boca Raton Campus.

September 26th, 7pm: “Constructing the Muslim Enemy: From the Crusades to the “war on terror”” at North Central College, Smith Hall, Old Main Building, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL.

March 8, 5:30pm, “Anti-Muslim Sentiment and the Media,” Department of Journalism, Baruch College (CUNY), New York City.

February 25, 9am, “Oriental Despotism” vs. People Power: The Arab Spring and the Debunking of Islamophobic Myths” at the Arab Spring Conference, Portland State University, Portland.

Two Lectures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Constructing the Muslim Enemy: From the Crusades to 9/11,” Wednesday, Feb 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

“The Uses of Islamophobia: US Foreign Policy and the Far Right,” Thursday, Feb 2, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

“Islamophobia and the Politics of the “War on Terror,” at the Academic Forum for Peace, Wroclaw University, Wraclaw, Poland, Nov 15, 12:30pm.

“The Images of Islamophobia,” Marymount Manhattan College, Nov 7, 2011, 1pm.

“Using the moving image creatively,” Faculty Forum on Video in the Curriculum October 20, 2011, Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers.

“Class Struggle in the 21st Century,” Critical Refusals Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Oct 28, 11am.

“Critical Media Studies and the Analysis of Texts in the era of the “war on terror”” Department of Communication, University of Texas, Austin, Oct. 31, 2011.

“On Critical Approaches to the Media,” Panel Discussion on Postivism/post-postivism, 7pm, Faculty Lounge, SCI Building, Rutgers University, Oct 12.

“Islamophobia and empire,” at the National Lawyers Guild Convention, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philadephia, Oct 14, 1:30pm, 2011

Spoke on a panel titled “The Muslim Question: Islamophobia on the rise,” Gold room, Subo Building, Brooklyn College, 6pm, May 3, 2011.

Spoke on a panel titled “Sovereign Change: Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East,” 8pm, Meeting Room C, Second Floor, Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University, April 27, 2011.

“Islamophobia and its Uses,” Flying Squirrel Community Center, Rochester, 11am, April 22nd, 2011.

“Revolution in the Air: The Middle East and North Africa,” 6pm, SUNY, Brockport, April 21, 2011.

“Revolution in the Air: The Middle East and North Africa,” 7pm, Student Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, April 22, 2011.

Spoke on panel titled “Information Revolutions: The Role of Social Media,” 4th floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, March 29, 2011

“Re-imagining Muslim Women: Empire and the Politics of Transnational Solidarity,” General Re Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Stamford, 3:30 pm, March 24, 2011.

“Beyond the “Clash of Civilizations”: A Brief History of Culture and Politics in the Middle Ages” at the Teaching About Middle History Conference, Rutgers University, 1:30pm,  Nov 18, 2010.

“Islamophobia and Imperialism,” Berman Student Center, Manhantanville College, Purchase, NY, Dec. 1, 7pm, 2010.

Panel on historical memory and Muslims post 9/11, at the The Rights of Memory: 9/11 and the “Ground Zero Mosqueconference, Rutgers-Newark, Paul Robeson Center, 11:30am-1:30, Nov 8, 2010.

“Islamophobia & Racism: How do we stop the hate against Arabs and Muslims?” October 28, 2010 at 6:30pm, De Paul University Schmitt Academic Center Room 161, Chicago.

“Challenging Islamophobia Nine Years after 9/11,” October 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm, Lerner Hall, room 555 Columbia University.

“Islamophobia: Causes, Consequences and the Fight to End It”  September 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Walker Stage, 56 Walker Street, Manhattan.

“The Cordoba House ‘Controversy’ and the Resurgence of Anti-Muslim Racism,” September 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm Lafayette Hall, Room 302, University of Vermont, Burlington.

“Gender Politics in the ‘War on Terror’: A Case for Transnational Solidarity,” University of Connecticut, Stamford, March 25, 2010.

“To be or not to be: Political responsibility in the era of empire.” Keynote address, Ways of Knowing Conference Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. April 15, 2010.

“Islamophobia and the War on Afghanistan.” New York University, December 9, 2009.

“Exposing the ‘war on terror’: The Crisis in Pakistan, Elections, and its Aftermath.” Panel discussion (with Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Saadia Toor), Pace University, March 25, 2008.

“The Hypocrisy of the “War on Terror”: The Case of Afghanistan,” IVAWNewark Chapter, Dana Library, Rutgers University-Newark, March 5th, 2008.

“Orientalism in Film,” Panel discussion on Race, Ethnicity and the Moving Image, (with Barbara Cooper and Carter Mathes), Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University, February 1, 2008.

“The Hypocrisy of the “War on Terror”: Pakistan in Crisis,” City Collegeof New York, January 17, 2008.

“Islamophobia: The Attacks on Muslims and the Vilification of Islam,” Five Towns Forum, Hewlett Public Library, December 14th, 2007.

“The Hypocrisy of the War on Terror: Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Thomas Hunter Hall, Hunter College, Dec 5, 2007.

“Women and Islam,” SUNY Cortland, December 7, 2006.

“Ports, Cartoons, and Nukes: Islamophobia and US Imperialism in the New Millennium,” Ithaca College, NY, December 6, 2006 (this talk was part of the discussion series “Global Fury/ Global Fear: Engaging Muslims” hosted by the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies).

Keynote Speaker: “Islam and the Media,” at the annual awards meeting organized by the American Muslim Women’s Association, Yonkers, NY, November 5, 2006.

“Islam and Islamophobia,” invited lecture for the summer lecture series hosted by Westchester People’s Action Coalition, July 13, 2006.

“Free Speech, Democracy, and Islam: The Danish Cartoon Controversy,”Columbia University, NY, March 27, 2006.

“The Danish Cartoon Controversy and the Demonization of Muslims,”University of Vermont, VT, March 15, 2006.

“The demonization of Islam and Muslims” invited to speak at a community forum organized by the Coney Island Avenue Project, Brooklyn, NY, March 4, 2006.

Invited to contribute to a symposium on “Lessons from Iraq: Journalism and Professional Responsibility During Times of War,” Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, September 23, 2005.

“Unveiling Imperialism: Media, Gender, and the War on Afghanistan,”University of Vermont, VT, November 18, 2004.

Guest Commentator at an International Public debate on “Can Citizens get Objective Information about the ‘War on Terrorism,’” Forsyth Country Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC July 29, 2004.

“The Media during War,” University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, March 28, 2003.

“The Media After 9/11,” Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC, February 20th, 2003.

“Women, the Media, and the War on Afghanistan” presented at a forum on “Post 9/11:  Specter of  War and Prospects for Peace,” Wake Forest University, NC, Oct 15, 2002.

“Muslim Women, the Veil, and the Current Conflict,” Wake Forest University, NC, Nov 13, 2001.

“Why Islam is not the Enemy,” University of North Carolina, Greensboro,NC, Sept. 24, 2001.

Lectures on Media, Class, and Outside the Box:

Keynote address, Ways of Knowing: Students as Active Producers of Knowledge Conference Clarkson University, April 15, 2010.

Keynote address, Conference of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM), Windsor, Ontario, May 14, 2010.

 ”Media, Globalization, and Labor: Lessons from the UPS Strike,” Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, July 9, 2008

“Media, Globalization, and Labor: Lessons from the UPS Strike,” Garden Room, Sierra 2 Center, Sacramento, July 10,

Keynote Address: “Ten Years Since the UPS Strike: Lessons for the Labor Movement,” at GCEU conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, August 10, 2007.

“10 Years Since the UPS Strike,” presentation at Teamsters Local 805, NY, August 4, 2007.

“Material and Immaterial Resistance: The Role of Collective Struggle in Media Reform,” Cardiff University, UK. Hosted by the School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, March 27, 2007.

“Material and Immaterial Resistance: The Role of Collective Struggle in Media Reform,” Westminster University, UK. Hosted by the Communication and Media Research Institute, March 28, 2007.

“Cultural Studies, Collective Resistance and the UPS Strike,” one of four invited guests at the 11th Annual Cultural Studies Conference, Indiana University, February 9-10, 2007.

“Race and Class in the US : Lessons from Katrina,” New York University , New York, NY, September 29, 2005.