Jaafar Aksikas, PhD, is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago. He is also President of the Cultural Studies Association (CSA). He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and an MA in the Humanities and Comparative Cultural Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco (1999).
His books include Arab Modernities (2009) and The Sirah [Epic] of Antar: An Islamic Interpretation of Arab and Islamic History (2002). He is editor or coeditor of several volumes including, most recently, a collection (with Sean J. Andrews), Cultural Studies of/and the Law, for the international journal Cultural Studies, and an inaugural special journal issue on the culture and media industries titled Culture Industries: Critical Interventions (2011), as well as a special issue on engaged and community-based forms of cultural studies scholarship titled Critical Purchase in Neoliberal Times, both for the Cultural Studies Association Journal Lateral. His articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, Reviews in Cultural Theory, Lateral, Mediterranean Politics, and Cultuur en Migratie. Dr. Aksikas is currently at work on a book (with Sean J. Andrews and Donald Hedrick) on the methodology and epistemology of research in Cultural Studies titled Practicing Cultural Studies (under review).
Dr. Aksikas has taught, researched, and published widely in the fields of Cultural Studies, media and culture industry studies, critical legal and policy studies, American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies and Lateral journals. He has received numerous awards, including the George Mason University VISION Award (2003). He is also a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He is the Founding and General Editor of Cultural Landscapes, the Founding Coordinator for Columbia College Chicago's Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, and he serves as a member of the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. He has also served as consultant 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.