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Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy

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New Texts Out Now: Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds., American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds. American Studies Encounters the Middle East. Durham: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Alex Lubin and Marwan Kraidy (AL and MK): In 2011, just as the so-called “Arab Spring” was underway, the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut hosted an international conference to explore historical and contemporary connections between the United ...

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Alex Lubin  is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico.  From 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Lubin's scholarship engages global histories of race, the African Diaspora, and America in the world, with a particular focus on U.S./Middle East relations. He is the author of Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (UNC, 2014) and Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954. He is the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left; Settler Colonialism: A South Atlantic Quarterly Special issue (with Alyosha Goldstein); American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Marwan Kraidy); and The Cultural Front in the U.S. War on Terror (with Lisa Hajjar, forthcoming). Lubin is currently working on a history of a mid-nineteenth century naval ship called the USS Supply, a ship that was a key link in the global supply chain that enabled American expansion between the Mexican war and the Spanish American War.

Marwan M. Kraidy is a Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Hybridity or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple University Press, 2005); Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and Arab Television Industries (British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, with Joe Khalil). His articles have appeared in the Journal of CommunicationCritical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Media, Culture and Society, Television and New Media, First Monday, Journal of International Communication, Transnational Broadcasting Studies, International Journal of Communication, Global Media Journal, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Arab Media and Society.