About Kristin Peterson

082918LP016v1 squareKristin Peterson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Boston College, teaching courses related to the intersections of media and religion. She completed her PhD in media studies from the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder in April 2018. Her dissertation, “Voiceless Icons No More: The Self-Representations of Muslim American Lives in Digital Media,”  examines a series of creative projects in which Muslim American youth engage with aesthetics, affects and hybrid styles to shift assumptions and present the complexities of their lives.

At CU-Boulder, she was a research fellow for the Center for Media, Religion and Culture. She earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a B.A. in Journalism and Photography from Dominican University. Her research focuses on Islam in North America, specifically examining how young Muslims engage with online media sites, images, videos and creative projects as spaces to explore different discourses, aesthetic styles and affects. Her M.A. thesis focused on a group of YouTube videos created by young female converts to Islam, and the study examined how aesthetics are involved in the constitution of religious subjects and the formation of communities. She is also interested in the use of Arabic in social media, Islamic fashion, feminism and religion, and discourses around authenticity.

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