Samira Rajabi, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania from 2017-2019. Her book All of My Friends Live in My Computer: Tactical Media, Trauma and Meaning Making was published in May of 2021 by Rutgers University Press. Samira specializes in issues regarding digital media, politics of suffering, the body, race, gender, ability and trauma.
Rajabi completed her doctoral degree in media research and practice at the University of Colorado Boulder, where her research focused on digital media's affordances in meaning-making processes. She also has a degree in business management and entrepreneurship, a minor in French from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a master's 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. Rajabi worked as a Senior Fellow at the University of Colorado's Center for Media, Religion and Culture from 2012-2016. Samira's work bridges public scholarship, the academy and social justice advocacy with leadership in her community. She is currently on the board of multiple non-profit organizations: The Acoustic Neuroma Association, Our Wave, and Partners for Conservation. For more about her work, visit her website.