Irum Shiekh

Irum Shiekh

Professor of Ethnic Studies


ACADEMIC AREAS: Asian American & Asian Diasporas, Arab and Muslims in the US, Wartime Emergencies & Aftermath, Palestinian Cinema, Documentary Production, Oral History, Race, Gender, Prison Industrial Complex, Immigration, Transnational Feminism, Muslim Women and Activism

Past Courses

HC 231H: Muslim Women from the 7th to 15th Centuries

HC 232H: Muslims in the U.S.

HC 233H: Oral Histories of Muslims in the US

Academic Background

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 & Current Projects

Professor Irum Shiekh is a filmmaker and oral historian. Her research centers around issues of social justice, gender, immigration, civil liberties, political activism and labor. From 2009 to 2011 Shiekh was a Fulbright scholar in Palestine where she taught courses about Palestinian Cinema and about the images of Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood films. Currently, she is working on a documentary about the 9th floor of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York and a documentary about the Muslim matrilineal culture in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Professor Shiekh's most recent project was a photo exhibit titled Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation