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Rajabi, Samira

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • I research digital media and social media. Specifically I use trauma, loss and grief to examine how digital and social media enable certain forms of coping and community formation, specifically for marginalized populations. As such, my work touches on cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, disability studies and is interdisciplinary. My first book looks at Twitter, Instagram and other internet spaces to examine how communities form and mediate trauma at multiple levels, from direct trauma to what I call symbolic trauma. My current research looks at how loss and grief are mediated online, particularly during times of uncertainty. In addition, current research examines affect and embodiment for suffering bodies, specifically through studies of the language and representation used in digital fitness platforms.


  • Trauma and Digital Media, Social Media, Popular culture and health, Disability and Media, Gender Studies, Feminist Pedagogy, grief, ambiguous grief, immunocompromisation and media use during covid


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courses taught

  • CMCI 1040 - Foundational Concepts and Creativity in Media, Communication and Information
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Provides first-year students with an understanding of key principles and practices used in the fields of media, communication and information. Develops insight into processes of storytelling, conversation, information and images as foundational to learning in media, communication and information, and supports students in learning to use creativity and multiple modes of expression to produce projects relevant to a range of disciplines across the college.
  • CMCI 2030 - Becoming CMCI: Thinking Across Disciplines
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. Accelerated, one-semester version of the introductory CMCI course for transfer students to CMCI. Formerly CMCI 1030. Requires a grade of C- or better to count toward degree.
  • MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the historical development of communication forms, tools, technologies and institutions (orality, writing, printing, photography, film, radio, television, computers, internet); their influence on culture (forms of expression and social relationships); and their impact on social and individual experience. Applies knowledge of communication history to contemporary social issues and problems in media and society, domestically and internationally.
  • MDST 3711 - Media and Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Summer 2023
    Examines culture in the form of discourse, symbols, and texts transmitted through the media. Explores the relationship between such mediated culture and social myth and ideology.
  • MDST 4221 - Media Technology and Cultural Change
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Explores how media technologies affect social orders and shape cultural practices across the globe. Compares and critically evaluates different theories of technology, emphasizes the social construction of technology, asks how media technologies inform conceptions of social reality and individual identity and considers how media technologies can be understood across a range of academic disciplines.
  • MDST 4371 - Media and Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Examines the way religion uses media as a social and political force. Introduces the major themes and trends in the mediation of religion and the religious inflection of the media in professional, popular, and emerging media contexts.
  • MDST 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
  • MDST 6871 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
    Special topics. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours hours
  • MDST 7051 - Qualitative Research Methods in Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    Examines various methods of qualitative data gathering and analysis in the mass and social media context. Formerly CMCI 7051.


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