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.