Samira Rajabi, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado. Samira is also a freelance culture writer and qualitative research consultant specializing in research design. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed a book titled, All of my friends live in my computer: Tactical Media, Trauma and Meaning Making. Preorder here for delivery May 2021!
Samira completed her doctoral degree in Media Research and Practice at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where her research focused on digital media's affordances in meaning making processes. Samira also has a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and a minor in French from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a Masters in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Her work at the University of Denver focused on development, and social media as resistive tools in social movements and women's rights advocacy.
In addition to being a prolific researcher, Samira is a scholar of digital media, trauma, social media, media affordances, disability studies, feminist disability studies, development, international relations, feminist theory, and communication. Samira has presented her work nationally and internationally including at the International Society of Media, Religion and Culture's conferences in Turkey, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. She has also participated in the Center for Media, Religion and Culture's biannual conference since 2011, and the Popular Culture Association Conference since 2018. She also presented her work at the ICA (International Communication Association) conference in San Diego, in Prague, and in Washington D.C. Samira published her work on the 2009 Iranian Green Movement in an edited volume from SUNY press titled Social Media in Iran. Her writing can be found in The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, WACC (World Association of Christian Communication), MAI Feminist Journal, as well as Cure Magazine. Samira's work attempts to bridge public scholarship, academia, and social justice advocacy with leadership in her community.
In addition to her academic work, Samira loves amateur photography, travel, and lived a past life as a fitness professional. Samira is also a prolific writer. She is currently working on several short stories, poetry, and a memoir titled Body Parts. When she is not writing she is exploring with her husband, Glen and their two dogs, Dusty and Lady.