Dr. Deepa Kumar is an award-winning scholar and activist. She is the recipient of the Dallas Smythe award for her engaged scholarship, the Georgina Smith award for her work on gender and race equity, and the Marilyn Sternberg award for her “vision” and “courage” in leading the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union. She is the author of more than 75 publications including books, journal articles, book chapters, and articles in independent and mainstream media.
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 on Islamophobia she turns her attention to race and the politics of empire during the War on Terror era. The second and fully revised edition of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire: 20 Years Since 9/11 (Verso, 2021) is scheduled to be published on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
She is currently working on a third book, tentatively titled Terrorcraft: Empire, Race, and Security, about the political and cultural production of the terrorist threat in the era of neoliberalism.
She is recognized as a leading scholar on Islamophobia both nationally and internationally. Her book on Islamophobia has been translated into five 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 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.