Meet CSA Past President Jaafar Aksikas

Dr. Jaafar Aksikas is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Columbia College Chicago, where he chaired both the Cultural Studies Program (2009-2013) and the Humanities Division (2006-2008).  He was also most recently President of the Cultural Studies Association (2014-2016).  He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and an MA in the Humanities from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. His books and edited volumes include the forthcoming Cultural Studies in the Classroom and Beyond: Critical Pedagogies and Classroom Strategies, Cultural Studies and the ‘Juridical Turn’: Culture, Law, and Legitimacy in the Era of Neoliberal Capitalism (2016)Cultural Studies of/and the Law (2014), Arab Modernities: Islamism, Nationalism and Liberalism in the Post-Colonial Arab World(2009) and The Sirah [Epic] of Antar: An Islamic Interpretation of Arab and Islamic History (2002). His other edited or co-edited volumes also include an inaugural special journal issue on the culture and media industries titled Culture Industries: Critical Interventions (2011), as well as a special issue on engaged and community-based forms of cultural studies scholarship titled Critical Purchase in Neoliberal Times, both for the Cultural Studies Association Journal Lateral. His articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural StudiesReviews in Cultural Theory, Lateral, Mediterranean Politics, and Cultuur en Migratie.  He is also Editor of the Cultural Studies and Marxism book series.

Dr. Aksikas has taught, researched, and published widely in the fields of Cultural Studies, critical ethnic studies, media and culture industry studies, critical legal and policy studies, American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies and Lateral journals. He has received numerous awards, including the George Mason University Distinguished Alumnus in Cultural Studies (2017) and the GMU VISION Award (2003). He is also a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He is the Founding and General Editor of Cultural Landscapes, the Founding Coordinator for Columbia College Chicago's Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, and he serves as a member of the Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies. He has also served as consultant for lawyers and media on issues relating to Middle Eastern and North African cultures and politics.