Isra Ali

Isra Ali (@IYali) is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication. She received a PhD in Media Studies from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University in New York City and a B.A. in English Literature and Communications from the University of Kansas.

She is a feminist media scholar, whose current research interests center on war on terror era militarism. She is particularly concerned with the ways that feminism is mobilized in the public discourse on the war on terror, and how this impacts the project of enacting transnational/cross-cultural feminist alliances with women in the “Muslim world.” She studies gender, sexuality and the production of media in the war zone in Afghanistan, and its relationship to the production of feminist discourse on militarism as a means of engendering the liberation of Afghan women.

Selected Publications:
  1. Ali, I. (2016). Tactical tactility: Warfare, Gender, and Cultural intelligence. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 2(1), 1-31.
  2. Ali, I. (2015). The harem fantasy in nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings. Dialectical Anthropology, 39, 33–46.
  3. Ali, I. (2014). Feminist advocacy and War on Terror militarism. Democratic Communiqué, 26(20), 160-178.
  4. Ali, I. (n.d.). Reflecting on the punch line: Muslim men, white women, and the ‘War on Terror’ in American television comedy.