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Alex Karaman

About Alex Karaman

Alex Karaman is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Long Beach for his undergraduate degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science.  Returning to school in Arizona, he has focused his fieldwork within Israel-Palestine on the development of Palestinian hip-hop culture and the modes of identity formation taking place therein. The theoretical background framing his project draws from largely post-structural iterations of transnational feminist cultural studies, queer theory, affect theory, spatial theory, sonic theory, Palestine studies, and hip hop studies. He also enjoys gardening, cycling, and spending time with his two dogs, Milli and Whiskey, his cat Stella, and his partner Megan.

Areas of Study

  • Transnational feminist cultural studies
  • Queer theory
  • Affect theory
  • Sonic theory
  • Spatial theory
  • Middle-East studies
  • Palestine Studies
  • Hip Hop Studies


Beyond the Lyrics: Identity Formation in Palestinian Hip Hop Culture

Dissertation Research Project in Palestine


California State University, Long Beach

B.A. Political Science, 2009

B.A. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, 2011

University of Arizona

M.A. Gender and Women's Studies, 2014

Dissertation Title

Beyond the Lyrics: Identity Formation in Palestinian Hip Hop Culture

Courses Taught

GWS 150: Gender in Contemporary Society

GWS 150B: Sex, Health, and AIDS

GWS/ENG 317: Women and Science Fiction

GWS/MAS 201: Intro to Chicana/Latina Studies

GWS 240: Gender in a Transnational World

GWS 200: Women in Western Culture

GWS 260: Gender and Technology

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Contact Information

Alex Karaman
PhD Candidate
Telephone: use email
Office: GWS 105B
Office Hours: Fall 2017 By Appointment