Rayya El Zein, Ph.D.
Rayya El Zein holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research concerns processes of live cultural production, popular culture and media, and audiences in urban Arab contexts and diasporas. In her work, she examines the political economy of consumption and leisure as an important part of the politics of reception and spectatorship. To date, this research has centered on these dynamics in live music and the media representations of hybrid cultural phenomena amid patterns of neoliberal growth in the Levant. Her first book is concerned with emergent politics in rap and hip hop concerts in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan. Rayya’s ongoing research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication will examine notions of affect, materiality, the popular, and the sonic in Arabic. Her writing has appeared in Lateral, the Journal of Palestine Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Ethnomusicology Forum and on the e-zine Jadaliyya.
Rayya El Zein is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.