Lamiyah (LB) Bahrainwala

Notable Achievements

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala facilitated a panel titled “Talking about Race with your Child” through the Parent Advisory Committee at Child’s Day Child Development Center on Dec. 5, 2017. The panel featured experts from education, social work, and policy to provide specific strategies for parents to talk about race and racism with preschool-aged children.

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Expertise

Critical race theory, critical media studies, anti-Muslim rhetoric, surveillance studies, marginalization, writing center theory

My teaching hinges on three values:

  • Accessibility: my classroom goals must be accessible to students with varying learning styles and expertise. This makes it incumbent on me to understand what students are bringing to the classroom early in the semester. Student self-evaluations, closed-to-open questioning, and meta-teaching (where I explain my teaching techniques) help me move towards this.
  • Flexibility: I develop classroom routines that are explicitly structured but also explicitly open. Each day, students are invited to add to my daily agenda to take ownership of their learning and advocate for their needs.
  • Portability: At Southwestern, my communication studies classes are made up of developing engineers and sociologists, mathematicians and business majors, among many others. When I teach, my goal is to offer portable takeaways to ensure students return to their home disciplines as keener critical thinkers. I see my role as not changing what my students believe, but equipping them to be critical, credible, and sophisticated 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. This makes it incumbent on me to understand what students are bringing to the classroom early in the semester. Student self-evaluations, closed-to-open questioning, and meta-teaching (where I explain my teaching techniques) help me move towards this.
    • Flexibility: I develop classroom routines that are explicitly structured but also explicitly open. Each day, students are invited to add to my daily agenda to take ownership of their learning and advocate for their needs.
    • Portability: At Southwestern, my communication studies classes are made up of developing engineers and sociologists, mathematicians and business majors, among many others. When I teach, my goal is to offer portable takeaways to ensure students return to their home disciplines as keener critical thinkers. I see my role as not changing what my students believe, but equipping them to be critical, credible, and sophisticated communicators of their beliefs.
  • LB examines how media narratives cohere around particular bodies. Specifically, she studies the construction of Muslims in the United States and discourses of nationalism and terrorism to understand how such narratives distribute power. She 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. She enjoys many things about the Austin-Georgetown area, specifically the bats, the food trucks, and the Cathedral of Junk.

  • Journal Articles

    Bahrainwala, L. 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 

    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. Funny Muslims. National Communication Association. November 2017. Dallas, TX.

     

    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. Scholars for the Dream Award.