Hisham Aidi is the advisor on “American Creations,” Round Earth Media’s project to cover Islamic art and culture in the U.S. He is a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where his research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements. He is the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture, a study of American cultural diplomacy. His work also has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker and Salon. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia.