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Asim Ali

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Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, American Studies

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Research Expertise

Media Studies
Popular Culture

Dr. Asim Ali's primary research interest is ethnography, with a focus on how and why people use digital media and popular culture to create communities, and how cultural identity (such as race, gender, sexuality, disability) manifests and transforms on line.

Research Areas:

  • ethnography
  • digital culture, media studies, and popular culture
  • race, racism, and American slavery
  • religion and globalization


  • Ph.D. American Studies (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • M.A. Economics (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • B.A. Economics (University of California, Berkeley)