Jaafar Aksikas, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches a number of core Cultural Studies and Middle Eastern/North African studies courses.
Dr. Aksikas holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University (2005); an MA in the Humanities and Comparative Cultural Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (1999); and a BA (with highest honors) in English from Chouaib Doukkali University in Morocco (1997). Prior to his appointment at Columbia, Dr. Aksikas taught at George Mason University (2002-2005); was co-founder and Academic Director of the International Institute of Casablanca, Morocco from (2000-2002); and ESL Instructor at the American Language Center of Casablanca, Morocco from (1998-2002).
Dr. Aksikas pursues research in the following areas: Cultural Studies and contemporary cultural theory; North African and Middle Eastern cultures, media, and politics; postcolonial studies; (post) modernity and globalization; Marxism and culture; and the Frankfurt School. His publications include his new book Arab Modernities, (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009); The Sirah of Antar: An Islamic Interpretation of Arab and Islamic History (AUI Press, 2002); and his fieldwork project "De attitude van Marokkaanse TV-kijkers op de reklame van de twee Marokkaanse kanalen” (Translated into Dutch by Antoine Gailly; Cultuur en Migratie, 1999). Most recently, he has edited an inaugural special issue of Lateral: A Journal of the Cultural Studies Association on the culture industries.
His articles have appeared in Reviews in Cultural Theory, Lateral, and Mediterranean Politics. Dr. Aksikas has also delivered numerous papers at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is currently at work on a book project entitled Practicing Cultural Studies, and co-editing a special journal issue, Cultural Studies and/of the Law, for the International Journal Cultural Studies.
Dr. Aksikas has received numerous awards, including the GMU VISION Award for Academic Excellence (2003) and the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education Merit Scholarship (1997-1999). In 2005, he was installed as a member of Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars. Dr. Aksikas also serves on the editorial and curatorial boards of Cultural Studies: An International Journal and Lateral respectively. He is Vice President of the Executive Board of the U.S. Cultural Studies Association (CSA). He is also the Founding and General Editor of Cultural Landscapes: A Journal of Cultural Studies, the Founding Coordinator for Columbia’s Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, and serves as a member of the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. Dr. Aksikas has also served as consultant and “talking head” for lawyers and media on issues relating to Middle Eastern and North African cultures and politics.
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Dr. Jaafar Aksikas
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.