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Irum Shiekh

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  • Title: Visiting Professor, Academic Advisor
  • Phone: (541) 346-0918
  • Office: 216 Alder Bldg
  • Interests: Asian American & Asian diasporas, Arab and Muslims in the US, Wartime Emergencies & Aftermath: WWII-9/11, Race/Gender and Prison, Palestinian Cinema, Documentary production, Oral history, Transnational Feminism, Muslim Women & Activism
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Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
MUP, Urban Planning, San Jose State University, 1992
B.A,, Geography, San Francisco State University, 1987



Research Interests: Race, Gender, Prison Industrial Complex, Immigration, Transnational Feminism, Muslim Women and Activism, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Oral History, Documentary Analysis and Production

Latest work--Photo Exhibit--Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation--currently at display at Global Scholars Hall, University of Oregon and available online at


Classes Taught:

Introduction to Asian American Histories/Studies

- Asian Diasporas

- Transnational Feminism

- Muslim Women and Activism

- South Asian Global Diaspors/Histories

-Muslims in the US

- 9/11 Detentions and WWII Internment: A Historical Anaysis into the Aftermath of Wartime Emergencies

- Race and Incarceration


- Critical Mixed Race Studies

- Race/Gender in Hollywood Films

- Arabs/Muslims in Hollywood Films

-Palestinian Cinema

-Reading and Making Documentaries

-Oral History and Digital Media

Selected Publications:


"Detained Without Cause: Muslims of America Tell Their 9/11 Detention/Deportation Stories" (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011)

Journal Articles:

Terrorista per una foto. La deportazione di Ansar Mahmood, American Studies Journal, “AMCA” edited by Alessandro Portelli, Fall 2014.

“Doing Oral Histories in the Shadow of 9/11: An Exploration into the Fears Surrounding Research” in Oral History in Communities of Color edited by Teresa Barnett and Chon Noriega, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012.

"Deported for Life for Helping a Friend to Get a Job and a Car: Ansar Mahmood," InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, Volume 3: Issue 2, (June 2007), Article 7.

“Insider/Outsider: Government Spy or a Terrorist? Dilemmas of Academic Research in the Post 9/11 Setting,” Amerasia Journal, Volume 33: Issue 2, (Fall 2007), 27-40.

"The Female Detainees: Reading, Tracing and Locating Gender in 9/11 Detentions," The Subcontinental, Volume 1: Issue 3, (Fall 2003), 71-78.  

Book Chapters

“Becoming Stronger Muslims: Oral histories of Resistance in Solitary Confinement on the 9th floor of the Metropolitan Detention Center, New York” in Muslims in US Prisons, edited by Nawal Ammar, Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2014.

"Reading Gender in September 11 Detentions: Zihada: The Journey from a Young Pakistani House Wife to an Anthrax Suspect" in Interrupted Life: The Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States, edited by Rickie Solinger et al., University of California Press, Berkeley, (2010), 275-281.

"Racilizing, Criminalizing, and Silencing 9/11 Deportees" in Keeping Out the Other, edited by David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas, Columbia University Press, (2008), 81-107.

"9/11 Detainees and Deportees: Are They Transforming Images of the United States?" in Democracy and Homeland Security, Strategies, Controversies and Impact, edited by Nawal Ammar, Kent State University, (2004).

Documentary Work

Director/Producer, Matrilineal Muslim Women of Minang, (under production)

Producer/Director, Fatima: Water or School, Summer 2012

Producer and Director, Amna, Hijab (Veil) for a Day, Spring 2007.

Producer, Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story, Fall 2004.

Producer and Director, On Strike, Ethnic Studies: 1969-1999, Fall 1999

Producer and Director, Hijab:  An Expression of My Soul, Fall 1998.

Photo Exhibits

Visions of Liberation, Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation, (at Global Scholars Hall, UO, Tampa, FL 2015) and online &

Living in an Unfinished America: Share Experiences of Discrimination and Resilience by Arab, Muslims, and Sikh Americans (San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Spring 2015)

From 12/7 to 9/11: Lessons on the Japanese American Internment (UCLA, spring 2007)

Patterns of South Asian Immigration (Asian American Gallery, Oakland, 2006)

The Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War II (National Japanese American Historical Society, 2005)

Work in Progress

Global Pakistani Diaspora, an Anthology edited by Irum Shiekh and Aisha Mohammad

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