Mehal’s PhD research focused on the representation of Arab men in Australian film and television programs, and sought to understand how recent representations, even those thought to be ‘progressive’, were still heavily situated in a traditionally orientalist narrative.
Mehal is currently working with the International Research Centre for Youth Futures where she will explore the representation of young people in Western Sydney, and their engagement and participation with Centre programs.
Mehal is currently co-editor of an online magazine, Sajjeling, dedicated to recording the Arab Australian narrative and a member of the Australian Arab Film Festival committee.
Mehal's research interests lie in
- popular culture
- identity politics - cultural, religious and gender based
- representation politics
Mehal teaches in the social and political sciences and across various Communications streams.