Jack Shaheen

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Jack Shaheen
Born Jack George Shaheen Jr.
(1935-09-21)September 21, 1935
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died July 9, 2017(2017-07-09) (aged 81)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Notable work Reel Bad Arabs

Jack George Shaheen Jr. (September 21, 1935 – July 9, 2017) was a writer and lecturer specializing in addressing racial and ethnic stereotypes. He is the author of Reel Bad Arabs (adapted to a 2006 documentary), The TV Arab (1984) and Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture (1997).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shaheen was born in Pittsburgh to Lebanese Christian immigrants, and grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania.[2][3]

Shaheen graduated from Clairton High School in 1953. In 1957, he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1964, he received a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University. In 1969, Shaheen received a PhD from the University of Missouri.[1][4]


Shaheen's work focused on racism and orientalism, particularly in popular culture such as Hollywood films. He delivered over 1,000 lectures on the issue across the United States and on three continents.[5]

Shaheen was also a former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, and professor emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.[1]


Shaheen received two Fulbright teaching awards[1] He was also the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.[6]


Shaheen died on July 9, 2017 at the age of 81.[7][8]

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