Adi Saleem Bharat is a scholar of modern and contemporary France. His research and teaching broadly focus on the intersection of race and religion, particularly in relation to Jews and Muslims. His work is interdisciplinary, intersecting with cultural studies, media studies, literary studies, and critical discourse analysis. He is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled Beyond Jews and Muslims, which examines and challenges the construction of a polarized, oppositional category of “Jewish-Muslim relations” in media and political discourse in contemporary French society. His recent work has appeared in Contemporary French Civilization, French Cultural Studies, Modern & Contemporary France, and the Journal of Language and Sexuality. He also serves on the editorial board of CFC Intersections, a new companion journal to Contemporary French Civilization, published by Liverpool University Press.
Dr. Bharat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He was previously an LSA Collegiate Fellow at the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. As an interdisciplinary scholar of Jewish Studies and Muslim Studies, he is a co-founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN), an international research network of over two hundred scholars of Jewish and Muslim studies. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Religions & Theology and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. on the topic of Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary France from the University of Manchester’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in 2020 after studying French and Political Science at Boston University and Modern Literature at the University of Paris III.
As a scholar committed to public engagement, Dr. Bharat has given talks and led workshops at a number of universities and organizations including MIT and the University of London’s Institute of Modern Languages Research. To invite Dr. Bharat to give a lecture or lead a workshop at your institution or organization, please contact him here.