Islamophobia in swimwear and politics

Brian Bowe

RMIG research chair Brian J. Bowe recently published an article examining the visual framing of a swimsuit targeted toward Muslim women in news coverage in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. The article, titled “Personal Choice or Political Provocation: Examining the Visual Framing and Stereotyping of the Burkini Debate,” was written with Joe Gosen (Western Washington University) and Shahira Fahmy (University of Arizona/American University of Cairo).

Bowe’s research into media representation of Muslims continues with an examination of the 2018 midterm elections, which saw an unprecedented number of Muslim-American candidates seeking office. Bowe and Lawrence Pintak, of Washington State University, received funding from the AEJMC’s Senior Scholars Program for a research proposal titled “Mediatization of Islamophobia in the 2018 Election.”

Bowe is an associate professor of journalism at Western Washington University and a current Fulbright scholar to the University of Jordan.

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