Mona Damluji

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Department of Architecture
Designated Emphasis: Global Metropolitan Studies


2415 Social Sciences & Media Studies



Cultural Studies of Energy/Environment,
Middle East Film & Media, Urban Studies


Mona Damluji is an interdisciplinary scholar whose teaching, research and creative works engage underrepresented film and media histories and cultural studies of oil, cities and infrastructure with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas. Her current book project is a history of how oil companies mediate the modern world.

Damluji is an Emmy and Peabody Award-nominated producer of the short documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims and a co-curator of Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture and Multitudes: An Art Exhibit after #muslimban. Her publications appear in the Journal of Urban History, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Subterranean Estates: the Life Worlds of Oil and Gas, Ars Orientalis, MEI Insights and Jadaliyya.


"Visualizing Iraq: Oil, Cinema and the Modern City”

Mona Damluji
Journal of Urban History 43(4), 2017

Baghdad through Latif al-Ani's Lens”

Mona Damluji
Jadaliyya, 2016

"Petrofilms and the Image World of Middle Eastern Oil”

in Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas, Eds. M Watts, A Mason and H Appel

Mona Damluji
Cornell University Press, 2015

"Staging History: Cinematic Narratives of Iraq and its Artifacts

Mona Damluji
Middle East Institute Insights, 2015

"The Cinema of Iraqi Oil”

Mona Damluji
The Middle East in London, 2014

“The Oil City in Focus: The Cinematic Spaces of Abadan in the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s Persian Story”

Mona Damluji
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 33(1), 2013

“'Securing Democracy in Iraq’: Sectarian Politics and Segregation in Baghdad, 2003 – 2007”

Mona Damluji
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 21(2), 2010