Author Archives: Muniba Saleem

Muniba Saleem, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research. Her research focuses on understanding the person and situational factors that can increase or decrease intergroup bias and conflict. In one line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the role of attachment security in reducing intergroup bias (Saleem, 2011), and in another line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the effect of media stereotypes within violent contexts on perceptions, attitudes, and affect towards the depicted group (Saleem & Anderson, 2013). Current work within this area is focused on understanding the effects of media stereotypes on support for aggressive actions against the stereotyped group. Dr. Saleem examines the role of perceived identity compatibility specific to dual-identity individuals (e.g., Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans) and its influence on majority-minority relations within the United States (Saleem, Prot, & Anderson, 2011). Finally, she has done research testing the effects of person and situational variables on aggressive and prosocial cognitions, affect, and behaviors (e.g., Saleem, Anderson, & Gentile, 2012).

Arabs as Terrorists: The Power of Media Images

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X Many Americans learn most of what they know about Arabs and Muslims from the media, but television, newspapers, and […]

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