Laura Partain is a lecturer in Civic and Global Media. She is a PhD candidate in Indiana University’s Media School, holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas-Austin, and graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. Laura is also a fellow in the Muslim Women and the Media Institute through a Henry Luce Grant at UC Davis.
Laura is a media effects scholar whose work focuses on understanding the complex news and social media effects on marginalized communities’ access to socio-political, material, and medical resources. Her scholarship is located at the interstices of citizenship status and national belonging. Laura’s research uses experimental analyses to develop media interventions for prejudice reduction and focuses on the media effects of racial, religious, and ethnic identity representations. Laura has worked with communities in Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, and Iran, but also works with these communities who are forcibly displaced in diaspora (i.e. refugees, asylum seekers) as well as with Arab and Muslim Americans more broadly. Her training in critical studies, and her use of interview and survey methods, grounds
her work within these communities’ experiences while necessarily considering these communities in relation to geo-politics and other transnational solidarity movements.