Two New Books by Marwan M. Kraidy: American Studies Encounters the Middle East and Global Media Studies

Marwan M. Kraidy, Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, is the author of two books, both published in October: American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Alex Lubin; UNC Press) and Global Media Studies (with Tony Miller; Wiley).

In light of the war in Iraq and the recent Arab uprisings, the field of American studies has shifted to a focus on the long history of U.S. engagement with the Middle East. In American Studies Encounters the Middle East, Lubin and Kraidy curate a new collection of essays that highlights the cultural politics of America’s entanglement with the Middle East and North Africa, making a crucial intervention in the growing subfield of transnational American studies.

The contributors – hailing from the United States, the Arab world, and beyond – analyze Arab-American relations by examining the War on Terror, pop culture, and the influence of the American hegemony in a time of revolution.

Global Media Studies, unique in its coverage of places, peoples, institutions, and discourses, provides a comprehensive how-to guide to the study of media. Kraidy and Miller go far beyond the established English-language literature and draw on the best methods and research from around the world. They consider political economy, global policymaking and governance, and the past and present manifestations of cultural imperialism. 

A survey of the field, the book also introduces a new form of textual analysis, with a special focus on reality television and models of audience research. The authors include original analyses of the US, European, Latin American, and Arab worlds, and case studies of mobile telephony, the impact of US media, and reality television.