The Author

Mousafa Bayoumi near his home in Brooklyn, New York, USA. photo by Neville Elder

Moustafa Bayoumi near his home in Brooklyn, New York, USA. photo by Neville Elder

Moustafa Bayoumi is a writer, journalist, editor and professor. He was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and raised in Canada. He earned his PH.D. at Columbia University and is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. Bayoumi is the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. The book has also been translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers. His latest book, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror, was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction.

An accomplished journalist, Bayoumi is also a columnist for The Guardian, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York MagazineThe NationalCNN.comThe London Review of BooksThe NationThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Progressive, and other places. His essay “Disco Inferno” was included in the collection Best Music Writing of 2006 (Da Capo). Bayoumi is also the co-editor of The Edward Said Reader (Vintage) and editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict (O/R Books & Haymarket Books). With Lizzy Ratner, he also co-edited a special issue of The Nation magazine on Islamophobia (July 2-9, 2012).

He has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, FOX News, Book TV, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets from around the world. Panel discussions on How Does It Feel To be Problem? have been convened at The Museum of the City of New York, PEN American Center, Drexel Law School, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the book has been chosen as the common reading for incoming freshmen at universities across the country.

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