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Nadia Dawisha
Nadia Dawisha is a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill who has taught media and cultural criticism in the Communications department. She is currently working with activists in the Title IX movement to develop programs and curriculum for students on assault and harassment. She is doing her research on sustainability and labor issues in the fashion industry and blogs about gender, media and culture, and sustainability at

Entries by Nadia Dawisha

How Faculty Can Use Syllabi to Reduce the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:35 PM

Co-authored by Karen Dawisha

As university presidents, deans, lawyers and counselors are called to task for their missteps in handling the rash of campus sex abuse scandals, the one group that has the most interaction with students is largely left out to sea--their professors. Faculty are rarely informed of individual...

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Halloween: The Season for Culturally-Insensitive Fashion

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Halloween: the season of candy corn, pumpkins and culturally-insensitive costumes. Over the last few years, images of these costumes and the people wearing them have spread through social media, sparking heated debates about cultural appropriation and how seemingly innocuous "fashion statements" can indeed hurt.


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Misee Harris: Why a Black Bachelorette May Matter More Than You Think

(6) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:01 PM

The Bachelor franchise. For 28 seasons, millions of viewers have watched a familiar formula of women crying, helicopter rides as first dates and so many red roses given and 'I love yous' exchanged that have, with the exception of three cases, ended in break-ups. The show isn't exactly a rousing...

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An Open Letter to UNC President Ross and Chancellor Folt: Commit to the Bangladesh Safety Accord

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 2:29 PM

I am writing as a blogger and graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill to express my concern about UNC's current unwillingness to join with other private and public universities to support tougher safety standards for the purchase of UNC branded clothing. I fear that failure to do so will only rebound...

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Kahindo Mateene: An African Designer Making a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:49 PM

When designer Kahindo Mateene came to the United States at the tender age of seventeen to attend college, her classmates couldn't stop asking where she got her clothes. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who had also lived and traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and North America, the...

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Teen Sexual Violence: What the Media Is Missing

(28) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Last month, teenager Daisy Coleman bravely wrote a piece that detailed how another student from her hometown of Maryville, Missouri raped her and videotaped the assault. Her story echoes a familiar pattern of other high-profile cases involving teenagers, such as the Steubenville, Louisville, and Saratoga cases. While we...

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