STEPHANIE ABRAHAM is a nonfiction writer, media critic and marketing specialist born, raised and based in Los Angeles. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, such as Al Jazeera, Ms., McSweeney’s and the Arab American journal Mizna, as well as the anthologies Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity; We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists and Feminisms in Motion: Voices of Justice, Liberation and Transformation. She was part of the editorial collective who founded the feminist magazine make/shift, and the founding editor of the feminist magazine LOUDmouth. She served for several years as the pop culture correspondent and film critic for the radio and television show Rising Up with Sonali.
Stephanie completed a Master of Professional Writing at the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Cultural Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Her master’s thesis, “Hollywood’s Harem Housewife: Orientalism in I Dream of Jeannie,” is part of the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television at New York University. She is the senior marketing communications specialist at Cal Poly Pomona.
In 2016, she was featured by the Center for Arab American Philanthropy as an Arab American Who Cares. She’s a proud member of RAWI (The Radius of Arab American Writers), Pen America and PRSA (Public Relations Society of America).
Hi Stephanie, I loved “Jeannie’s American Dream.” It makes a persuasive case for the cultural forces that shaped Jeannie’s portrayal, as well as the anxieties fueling them, all of which contributes to the enduring significance of a seemingly dated sitcom.