UC SANTA BARBARA

Assistant Professor and Diversity Officer

Mona Damluji

Biography

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 Pipeline Cinema is a history of how multinational petroleum companies shaped local cultural norms and global popular imaginaries of oil and the Middle East through film and media sponsorship in the twentieth century.

Mona is a co-curator of the traveling exhibition Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture and Multitudes: An Art Exhibit after #muslimban. Her 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 of the IHC Research Focus Group on Re-centering Energy Justice for AY 2019/2020. She was a co-PI of the UCSB Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective for AY 2018/2019.

Education

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

Courses

Creative Work

Following the Oil

April 4, 2019

Creator

Mona Damluji

Research Interests