Assistant Professor and Diversity Officer

Mona Damluji


Mona Damluji is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Peabody and Emmy Award-nominated producer of the short documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims. Her teaching, research and creative work engages underrepresented media histories and cultural studies of oil, urban space and infrastructure with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas.

Mona’s current book project is a history of how petroleum companies have mediated images and ideas of oil in the modern Middle East through film and media sponsorship. She is a co-curator of the traveling exhibition Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture and Multitudes: An Art Exhibit after #muslimban.

Mona’s publications appear in Urban HistoryComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastInternational Journal of Islamic ArchitectureSubterranean Estates: the Life Worlds of Oil and GasArs OrientalisMEI Insights and Jadaliyya.

Mona is a co-convener/co-PI of the UCSB Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective for AY 2018-2019.


  • PhD University of California, Berkeley
  • MS University of California, Berkeley
  • BA Tufts University


Creative Work

Following the Oil

April 4, 2019


Mona Damluji

Research Interests