Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 122
Office Hours: T/R 10:30-11:30 or by appointment on Skype (username: drhamzehnmsu)
Education: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 2007 (New Mexico State University); M.S., Clinical Audiology, 1986 (Gallaudet University); M.A., Human Development and Early Childhood Special Education (George Washington University); B.A., Communication Disorders (Speech, Hearing, Language Sciences), 1983 (George Washington University)
Teaching & Research Interests: Anti-Racist/Decolonizing Research Methodologies, Negotiating Islamophobia and Hijabophobia, and the Egyptian Revolution and the Politics of Gender and Sexuality.
Courses Taught: Transnational Feminism, arab-muslim Feminisms, Feminist Research Methodologies; Representing Women across Cultures; and Women & Revolutions.
Research Interests: The more than five years, Dr. Hamzeh's research has focused on gendering discourses shaping girls' experiences of their bodies, specifically in relation to physical activity opportunities. More recently, she explored how muslim girls' negotiate the hijab discourse, or the multiple and changing veils in their lives. Her most recent research project is aims to explore how Americans negotiate Islamophobia and hijabophobia in the "War of Terror" context.
Teaching Philosophy: Dr. Hamzeh's teaching and mentoring are guided by a commitment to social justice and by the tenets of critical postcolonial feminist epistemologies. With a commitment to social justice, Dr. Hamzeh is constantly looking for creative teaching approaches that help students critically question the interlockings of dominant systems of power. These systems are driven by the hierarchal differences of gender, sexuality, class, nation, language, race, ability, and body size. She uses approaches that are based on teaching/learning collaboratively while building dialogically democratic learning communities online, inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Hamzeh's teaching is NOT lecture-based and does not intend to instruct or indoctrinate. It does not expect learners to memorize and regurgitate. Instead, her teaching expects learners to be thoughtful, inquisitive, and curious. They are also expected to be actively learning using critical self-reflexivity throughout the semester. With Dr. Hamzeh's teaching, course participants have opportunities to independently drive their own learning process and work to become producers of knowledge, critical consumers of knowledge, and agents of social justice. Course participants learn in safe spaces that allow everybody to actively engage in the learning process while building authentic relationships within a community. She strives to develop a learning community that supports curiosity, critical thinking, and knowledge production. She also nurtures teaching learners how to listen to different perspectives and develop their commitment and activism towards social justice and equity.
As a critical postcolonial feminist, Dr. Hamzeh's teaching consciously engages with power differences with/among the learners. She uses critically self-reflexive methods with which she is constantly checking how her positionalities on gender, sexuality, class, nation, language, etc. may hinder and/or support learning/teaching very complex and tenuous provoking knowledges. Dr. Hamzeh strives to mainly expose the legacies and perpetuation of colonialism, racism, and hetronormativity in the education and research for/with the learners.
Research Interests: The past five years, Dr. Hamzeh's research has focused on gendering discourses shaping girls' experiences of their bodies, specifically in relation to physical activity opportunities. More recently, she explored how muslim girls' negotiate the hijab discourse, or the multiple and changing veils in their lives. Currently, her research explores muslim queer sexual ethics in pedagogy, the hidden alliances between the hetronormativity of Islamic nationalism and racist colonialism in sports and the pedagogies of revolutions specifically in Egypt.
- Hamzeh, M. (2012). DeVeiling Pedagogies: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse. Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society. Series Editor: Curry Malott, West Chester University. Charlotte: NC, Information Age Press.
Articles in Refereed Journals
- Hamzeh, M., & Oliver, K. L. (2012). "Because I am Muslim, I cannot wear a swimsuit": Muslim girls negotiate veiled-off physical activities. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport, 83(2), 330-339.
- Hamzeh, M. (2011). DeVeiling body stories: Muslim girls negotiate visual, spatial, and ethical hijabs. Race, Ethnicity & Education, 14(4), 481-506.
- Hamzeh, M., & Oliver, K. L. (2010). Gaining research access into the lives of Muslim girls: Researchers negotiating muslimness, modesty, inshallah, and haram. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23(2), 165-180.
- Oliver, K. L., & Hamzeh, M. (2010). "The boys won't let us play": 5th grade mestizas publicly challenge physical activity discourse at school. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 81(1), 39-51.
- Oliver. K. L., Hamzeh, M., & McCaughtry, N. (2009). Girly girls can play games" "Las niñas pueden jugar tambien": 5th grade girls negotiate self-identified barriers to physical activity. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 28, (1), 90-110. Winner of the Exemplary Paper Award of the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group of Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education for 2009-April 30, 2010, Denver.
- Hamzeh, M. A double hijabophobia in muslim women soccer: Complicity between FIFA and Islamism. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
- Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. Tahrir is my address: Egyptian Ultras' revolutionary masculinities and gender relations. Journal of Social Identities.
- Hamzeh, M. Islamophobia and Islamism: Jordanian Women Football. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Journal (Special Issue).
- Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. Ultras & Egyptian Tahrir: Practicing Revolutionary Masculinities and Gender Relations? Book chapter in "Against Modern Sport: Practicing Revolutionary Masculinities and Gender Relations." New York: Routledge.
Creative Work In-Progress
- Hamzeh, M. & Khoury, J. (launched May 2013). Documentary film & theatrical production: Doctora Hijab. It will feature Hamzeh speaking on camera in interviews as well as before audiences in Chicago. Khoury, playwright of Silk Road Rising Theater in Chicago, will write 5 - 6 actors monologues featuring young muslim women negotiating the hijabs. Those monologues will become the theatrical/dramatized component of the film about Hamzeh's work on the hijab discourse.
- Hamzeh, M. Islamophobia, hijabophobia and the Multiplicities of the Hijab, a workshop to be presented to three different community organizations in Chicagoland, September 19, 20 & 22, 2013. This is part of the collaborative project with Silk Road Rising Theater.
- Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. 'My Address is Tahrir': Egyptian Ultras' Revolutionary Masculinities and Gender Relations. A paper to be presented at a session on Pedagogy, Pinkwashing, and Revolution: De/Militarizing Masculinity and Sexuality in Colonized/ing Sport. The North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS) Annual Conference on Globalization/Cultural Competencies, Quebec City, November 7th, 2013.
Select Conference Papers (Peer-Reviewed): 2010-2012
- Hamzeh, M. (2012). Deveiling a double hijabophobia: The alliance of Islamic nations and FIFA in the ban of muslim women football players wearing a "hijab." Paper Session, "Decolonizing Knowledges" Themes at the National Women's Studies' Association Annual Conference: "Feminism Unbound: Imagining A Feminist Future", Oakland, November 2012.
- Hamzeh, M. (2012). Teaching arab-muslim feminisms and sexualities: Queer ethics at the intersections of homophobia and Islamophobia. Paper Session, "Border Crossings: Intercultural Explorations of Gender and Sexuality in Families and Schools," at the Queer Studies SIG, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference: "Non Satis Scire: To Know is Not Enough", Vancouver, April 2012.
- Hamzeh, M., Pelak, C. F., & Sykes, H. (2011). Hijabizing sexism and Islamophobia: FIFA's ban of the Iranian Women's Soccer team, Issues Affecting Muslim Women in Sports panel. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS) Annual Conference on Revolutionizing Sporting Bodies: Technologies in Practice, Minneapolis, Nov. 3, 2011.
- Hamzeh, M. (2010). An insider-(in)betweener arabyyah-muslimah feminist interrogating the hijab discourse. Paper presented at the "Outsider" Feminisms: Challenging Western Interpretations of Muslim Feminist Analysis session of the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference: Difficult Dialogues, Denver, Nov. 12, 2010.
- Hamzeh, M. (2010) Beyond the headscarf: Interrogating the hijab discourse. Paper presented at the Postcolonial Educational Studies-SIG 2010. The American Educational Research Association Annual Conference: Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Complex World, Denver, May 2, 2010.
- Hamzeh, M., & Oliver, K. L., (2010)"Because I am Muslim, I cannot wear a swimsuit": Muslim girls negotiate veiled-off physical activities. Paper presented at the Research on Learning & Instruction in Physical Education-SIG 2010. The American Educational Research Association Annual Conference: Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Complex World, Denver, May 1, 2010.
Guest Lectures and Interviews
- A lecture (via Skype): Muslim Female Athletes and the Hijab Debate at the Sports Workshop on Islam, Sport and Muslim Communities, sponsored by the Bigli University, Istanbul and Oslo University, Norway, May 7, 2012.
- An Interview: Manal in Tahrir Square: Jan 25th Revolution as Pedagogy, in preparation for the Westfield State University Global Woman's History Project of April 2012, February 13, 2012.
- A lecture: Pedagogies of deveiling: muslim girls and the hijab discourse at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at the University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 7, 2011.
- A lecture: DeVeiling the Hijabs. Invited guest lecturer for The Global Women's History Project at the Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts, April 14, 2011.
- A lecture: DeVeiling the Hijabs & arab-muslim Feminisms. Invited guest lecturer for Women's History Month 2011 at the University of Wisconsin at RiverFalls, Women and Gender Studies Minor and Rise for Women's Rights. February 24, 2011 (video of lecture).
- Christmore Teaching Faculty Award, New Mexico State University (2011-2012). This award is an annual award that recognizes and rewards superb junior tenure-track faculty members for excellence in teaching.
- Lillian Robinson Scholar of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at the University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada (2011-2012).
- Recipient of the Exemplary Paper Award of the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group of Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education for 2009.
- Lawrence F. Locke Outstanding Dissertation Award-AERA, PE-SIG of March 2008.
In a Student's Words: "Almost everything we've done in this class has caused me to change my thoughts and assumptions-particularly on gender, sexuality, class, and nationality.
I cannot express what an impact your course has made on me until this very day. I am actually currently engaging the interests I developed over the course of the class through various little projects."
Video of Students Discussing Dr. Hamzeh Courses