African and African American Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mika'il A. Petin, Ph.D.

Mika'il A. Petin, Ph.D.

Mika'il A. Petin, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Black cultural production, African Diasporicity, race, visual culture, North American cinema and television, media representations of masculinities, and Muslims in U.S. popular culture.

 

Mika'il Petin (Pronounced: MEE-KAA-EEL  PEE-TIN) began his role as associate director in 2007.

 

 



Current Research

In his current research, he studies how Muslims are depicted in popular culture. Particularly, he focuses on the contentious transformation of the cultural figure of the Black Muslim man from the margins of U.S. manhood to a symbol of nationalist military power after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The title of his dissertation is, “I’m Not an American: Sovereign Masculinity and Images of Black Muslim Men during the War on Terror.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters (COMPLETED)

· “Are You in the Brotherhood: Humor, Black Masculinity, and Gay Identity on Prime-Time Television,” in Ronald Jackson, II and Mark Hopson (eds.). Masculinity in Black Imagination: Contemporary Narratives, Symbolisms, and Representations of Black Men, Peter Lang Publishing (Spring 2011)

Reference Works (COMPLETED)

· “Muhammad ‘Abduh,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Spring 2015)

· “Sayyid Jamaal-ad-Din al-Afghani,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Spring 2015)

· “Science and Race,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Fall 2014)

· “Nation of Islam,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Fall 2013)

· “Malcolm X,” Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnicity (Summer 2013)

· “Malcolm X,” Encyclopedia of the Jim Crow South, Greenwood Publishing (Winter 2007)

Journal Articles (COMPLETED)

· “Men in the Struggle: Reflections on Interacting with Robert Jensen” in Mosaic: A Journal of Original Research on Multicultural Education, Teaching, and Learning, Vol. 1, Issue Two, Multi-cultural Research and Resource Center, George Mason University (Fall 2009)

· “Sista Tells the Truth: A Reflection on a Day with bell hooks,” in Mosaic: A Journal of Original Research on Multicultural Education, Teaching, and Learning, Vol. 1, Issue One, Multi-cultural Research and Resource Center, George Mason University (Summer 2008)

Courses Taught

AFAM 200 "Introduction to African and African American Studies"

AFAM 390 "Black Looks: Black Men in the Media"

AFAM 390 "African Americans and the Media"

HNRS 131 “Contemporary Society from Multiple Perspectives: American Fear”

Education

“MP,” as most colleagues and friends call him, earned a Bachelor's degree from Radford University, and a Master's degree from University of Texas at Austin. He earned a doctorate in Cultural Studies at Mason.