Faiza Hirji, Ph.D. (Carleton)
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 21480
Faiza Hirji specializes in research exploring media representation of race, religion, ethnicity and gender, use of media in the construction of identity, popular culture and youth, and the importance of media within diasporic/transnational communities. She is currently working on a project analyzing media depictions of Muslim women. Her book, Dreaming in Canadian: South Asian Youth, Bollywood and Belonging (2010, UBC Press), details her work on audience readings of nationalism and religion in Bollywood cinema. She has published articles on the formation of online communities by Muslim Canadians, the depiction of Islam in Indian cinema, e-health, feminism in television and music, and musical cultures within the South Asian diaspora. Her work has appeared in Popular Music and Society, Global Media Journal, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Information, Communication and Society, and the Canadian Journal of Communication. She holds an honours degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, as well as an MA and PhD from Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.