Hatem N. Akil teaches English at Seminole State College in Florida. He previously taught Digital Media at the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida, and Film Production at American Intercontinental University. His research centers on visual and cultural theory within the contexts of Islam and the West. He received his PhD in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida. He studied theater and film at UCLA and the Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Damascus, Syria, and English and world literature at the University of Damascus.
His recent publications include his monograph, The Visual Divide: Visual Perception within Cross Cultural Settings (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), “The Martyr’s Vision” in Re-Visioning Terrorism (Purdue University Press 2016), and “Deleuze, ISIS, and Delirium” (Journal of Cultural Research 2016). He also served as a regular contributor to Cinema Life, and Theatre Life (Damascus, Syria).
He is the editor of SpatialHumanities.Org and is currently researching connections between geo-spatial technologies and questions of refugees, migrations, and globalization within a spatial justice theoretical framework.