Lamiyah (LB) Bahrainwala

Notable Achievements

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala published an article titled “Blind Submission” in the journal Communication, Culture & Critique. Bahrainwala noticed that Muslim men were posting YouTube videos of themselves blindfolded, standing on street corners, and asking for hugs from passersby to prove that they are “not terrorists.” What fresh nonsense is this? Bahrainwala wondered, and wrote about the intersections of terrorism and disability.

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Expertise

Whiteness; anti-Muslim sentiment and disability; sports and terrorism discourse; surveillance

My teaching hinges on three values:

  • Accessibility: my classroom goals must be accessible to students with varying learning styles and expertise. Student self-evaluations, closed-to-open questioning, and meta-teaching (where I explain my teaching techniques) help me move towards this.
  • Flexibility: my classroom routines are explicitly structured but also explicitly open. I invite students to add to my daily agenda to take ownership of their learning and advocate for their needs.
  • Portability: my objective is to offer portable takeaways my students can apply within their various home disciplines. I see my role as not changing what my students believe, but equipping them to be critical and ethical communicators of their beliefs.
  • My teaching hinges on three values:

    • Accessibility: my classroom goals must be accessible to students with varying learning styles and expertise. Student self-evaluations, closed-to-open questioning, and meta-teaching (where I explain my teaching techniques) help me move towards this.
    • Flexibility: my classroom routines are explicitly structured but also explicitly open. I invite students to add to my daily agenda to take ownership of their learning and advocate for their needs.
    • Portability: my objective is to offer portable takeaways my students can apply within their various home disciplines. I see my role as not changing what my students believe, but equipping them to be critical and ethical communicators of their beliefs.
  • LB’s work examines bizarre iterations of anti-Muslim sentiment and whiteness in mediated texts. She uses critical race and feminist surveillance approaches to examine how discourses of terrorism, nationalism, and disability animate texts of marginalization. LB’s work has appeared in leading journals, including Communication, Culture and Critique, Feminist Media Studies, and Communication & Sport in addition to creative venues. She has also received top paper and research awards from the National Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and Conference on College Composition & Communication. 

    Additionally, LB is involved in community education and gives recurring talks to parents at various schools in Austin about how to talk about race with their children. She also secured a national grant to organize a Muslims in Academia Symposium at Southwestern. 

    LB has a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Rhetoric from Michigan State University, and a BA in English from the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where she grew up. 

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Bahrainwala, L. (2019). Blind Submission. Communication, Culture and Critique, August 2019. DOI: 10.1093/ccc/tcz027

    Bahrainwala, L. & O’Connor, E. (2019). Nike Unveils Muslim Women Athletes. Feminist Media Studies, July 2019. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1620822

    Bahrainwala, L. (2017). When Terrorists Play Ball. Communication & Sport, October 2017. DOI: 10.1177/2167479517736758

    Bahrainwala, L. (2014) “Should I Take Notes as You Brainstorm?” Examining Consultant In-Session Notes. Published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. Spring 2014 Issue

     

    Book Chapters & Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Bahrainwala, L. (2019) Responding to White Fragility: A Manifesta of Screams. In press. Special Issue of Feral Feminisms: State Killing: Queer and Women of Color Manifestas against U.S. Violence and Oppression, guest edited by Annie Hill, Niq D. Johnson, and Ersula Ore.

    Bahrainwala, L. (2019) Visible Allies & Muslim Inclusion. In Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom: Working for Our Values, edited by Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole. Forthcoming December 2019.

    Bahrainwala, L.  (2018) Bad Archives, Bad Workers. Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture, Volume 25.

    Bahrainwala, L. Terrorism, Exceptionalism, and the 2014 Miss America “Bomb”shell. Forthcoming in L. Malin (Ed.), Bombshells: Lessons in Leadership from Wearing the Crown.

    Ford, J. and Sakina Jangbar, Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Patty C. Malone, and Timothy Steffensmeier (2015) Chapter 10: Organizing a Successful Presentation. Professional Communication Skills, 7th Edition. John A. Daly and Jessica Ford (eds.)

  • Selected Presentations:

    Bahrainwala, L. Shitholes: Infrastructure and Anatomy. Western States Communication Association. February 2019, Seattle, WA. 

    Bahrainwala, L. & O’Connor, E. The Secular Hijab. National Communication Association. November 2018, Salt Lake City, UT.

    Bahrainwala, L. Extracting the Construct of “Home” from Domestic Labor Discourse. National Communication Association. November 2016. Philadelphia, PA. Top Four Reviewed Paper/Competitive Paper.

    Bahrainwala, L. Hide Yo’ Black with Yo’ Gay: The “EnCampment” of Antoine Dodson. Southern States Communication Association. April, 2016. Austin, TX. Top Paper. 

    Bahrainwala, L. The ‘Heroic’ Vessel: Extending Scapegoating Theory through the Malala Yousufzai Case. Eastern Communication Association. April, 2014. Providence, RI. Top Paper.

    Bahrainwala, L. Arabic Text-Messaging and the Ancient Rhetoric of the Digerati. Conference on College Composition and Communication . April, 2011. Atlanta, GA. Received Scholars for the Dream Award.