Tarik Ahmed Elseewi received his high school diploma from John North High school in Riverside, CA; his BA in comparative literature from UC Santa Cruz; and his MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in the department of Radio, Television and Film. Prior to Whitman, he spent four years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Film department and Media Studies program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Tarik’s areas of expertise include media globalization, television studies, and film and media in the Arabic-speaking world. Tarik is particularly interested in questions of identity, representation, race and the intersection of media and politics. He has taught classes on film and media in the Middle East, 9/11 and media, television history, television theory, introduction to film studies, introduction to media studies, and genre film. His first job was as a dishwasher in an ice cream shop in Riverside, CA.