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Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice, 2018.

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science


Since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks the United States had been involved in conflicts across the globe. These conflict have given rise to the use of target killing, commonly known as assassination as a way to eliminate enemies of the United States. A majority of those killed are of Middle-Eastern descent and/or are followers of Islam. Elements of American popular culture since 9/11 have portrayed assassination, with the antagonists generally being of Middle-Eastern or Muslim descent while the protagonist being a white American or from a country allied with the United States who is involved in the conflict. By using a case study analysis of six fictional novels, three films and two television series, this study will examine the negative portrayals of Arabs, Muslims and individuals who go against the idea of whiteness and Americanness.


Wendy Wright

Carolyn Petrosino

Jamie Huff

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