Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Manal Hamzeh

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Dr. Manal Hamzeh

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies

Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 259

Email: manahamz@nmsu.edu 

Office Hours: By appointment on Skype (username: drhamzehnmsu)

Academics

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)

Research: Dr. Hamzeh’s research draws on anti-racist/decolonizing educational and arab feminist theories. Her current research project, Women Resisting Violence/Seeking Justice in the Egyptian Revolution, is a multidimensional/multimedia research project based on Egyptian women’s testimonios about their resistance to state violence since the January 25th Egyptian Revolution. She is also using Chicana/feminista methodologies of testimonios and pláticas to gain insights about the experiences of resilience and activism of faculty-of-color in a Hispanic-serving higher education institution located on/between the borders of the US/Mexico. Her previous research focused on gendering discourses shaping girls’ experiences of their bodies, specifically in relation to physical activity opportunities.

Courses Taught: Transnational Feminism, arab-muslim Feminisms, Feminist Research Methodologies; Representing Women across Cultures; and Women & Revolutions.

Teaching Philosophy: Dr. Hamzeh’s teaching and mentoring are guided by a commitment to social justice and by the tenets of decolonial 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. 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.

Publications

Book

  • Hamzeh, M. (In-Progress). Women resisting violence/seeking justice in the January 25 Egyptian Revolution: An Arab Feminist Perspective. Women’s Press of the Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., Toronto.This is an anti-racist/decolonizing and arab feminist research project based on Egyptian women’s testimonios about their resistance to state violence since the January 25th Egyptian Revolution.
  • Nafea, H., Tayeb, M., Polo, P. & Hamzeh, M. (In-Progress). Hend Nafea: A Revolutionary Egyptian Woman. Non-Fiction Graphic Novel/Documentary Book (Smart Phones Application/Digital Form, Arabic and English). Frontline Defenders.This is a collaborative project lead by Egyptian human rights activist and protagonist of the novel, Hend Nafea, Palestinian graphic artist Mohamed Tayeb (Spain), Spanish artist Paula Polo and Manal Hamzeh. This is a non-fiction graphic novel that will be published digitally on a new smart phone app. in both Arabic and English.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. (Dec. 2016). Ultras & Egyptian Tahrir: Practicing Revolutionary Masculinities and Gender Relations. In H. Sykes Sexuality and Gender Politics as Sport Mega Event: Roving Colonialism—Critical Studies in Sport Series. London, UK. Routledge.
  • Sykes, H. & Hamzeh, M. ( 2016). Sochi Olympics and the Circassian Genocide. . In H. Sykes Sexuality and Gender Politics as Sport Mega Event: Roving Colonialism—Critical Studies in Sport Series. London, UK. Routledge.
  • Hamzeh, M. (2013). An arabyyah-muslimah Feminist Negotiating Gender/Nation/Sexuality/Colonial Discourses: A Conversation with Manal Hamzeh. In Pierre Orelus, Curry Malott, and Romina Pacheco (ed.). Colonized Schooling Exposed: Progressive voices for transformative educational and social change. New York: Routledge.

Creative Production 

The Four Hijabs is a collaborative research-informed short animated film produced by with Silk Road Rising and Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. It is inspired by the main theoretical discussion in Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book Pedagogies of DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse (2012). The Four Hijabs explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses and interprets them through Arab-Muslim, anti-racist, and anti-colonial feminist perspectives. The development of this film started in February 2015 and it is dedicated to the late Moroccan feminist and sociologist Fatima Mernissi.

Media coverage of The Four Hijabs:

  • Chicago Tribune Review (July 11, 2016, R.A. Sheth)
  • Las Cruces Sun (Oct 3, 2016, Taylor Vancel)

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Hamzeh, M. (Dec 2016). Testimonios as Methodology: Archiving, Translating and Theorizing Egyptian Women’s Experiences of Gendered Violence in the January 25th Cairo Papers in Social Science, University of Cairo Press. Invited by the Women & Memory Forum, Cairo.
  • Hamzeh, M. (2015). Jordanian National Football Muslimat Players: Interrupting Islamophobia in FIFA’s ‘hijab ban’. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Journal (Special Issue on physical culture, racialization and the body), 20(5), 517-531.
  • Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. (2014). Egyptian Ultras and the January 25th Revolution: Anti-Corporate, Anti-Militarism and Martyrdom Masculinities. Journal of Anthropology of the Middle East: Special Issue on sexuality and public politics, 9(2), 91-107.
  • 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 hijabsRace, 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 haramInternational 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.

Presentations

Recent Conference Presentations (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Hamzeh, M. ‘Pedagogies Crossing/Across Borders: From Palestine to the US-México Borderlands.’ Panel member with Cynthia Bejarano, Judith Flores Carmona, Manal Hamzeh, Yvonne El Ashmawi, Ma Hernandez Sanchez & Vanessa Martinez, ‘Decolonizing Pláticas: Disrupting the Constructions of Borders and Reimaging Borderlands.’ At the National Women’s Studies’ Association Annual Conference: “Decoloniality,” Montreal, Canada, November 12, 2016.
  • Hamzeh, M. ‘An Egyptian Revolutionary Woman: From Life Imprisonment to Forced Exile.’ A presentation for the Fall 2015 Colloquium Series, College of Arts & Sciences, NMSU, November 16, 2015.
  • Hamzeh, M. & Sykes, H. ‘Another ‘Deliberate’ Massacre of Egyptian Ultras: Border Security Technologies and the Sport-Military-Industrial Complex.’ The North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS) Annual Conference on Sports at/on the Borderlands: Translations, Transitions, and Transgressions, Santa Fe, November 4-7, 2015.
  • Hamzeh, M. ‘Egyptian women’s testimonios: A Transnational Arab feminist analysis.’ Women and Memory Forum International Conference on Oral History in Times of Change: Gender, Documentation, and the Making of Archives, Cairo, September 13-15, 2015.
  • 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.

Awards

  • Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence, New Mexico State University (2015). The annual Roush awards, named for a former New Mexico State University executive vice president in recognition of his 35 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico, are based on information from students, department heads, deans and community campus directors.
  • 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.”