Middle Eastern Studies
B.A., M.A., American University (Cairo); M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies
Research focuses on modern and contemporary Arabic literature, comparative literature, post colonialism, and spatial theory.
At Wellesley I will be teaching courses in Arabic language, literature, and cultural production. I will also be working on my book project, an examination of the fiction of the writers of the sixties generation in Egypt. The project traces the socio-economic and political changes of post colonial Egypt through literary depictions of urban, rural, and exilic space.
My research interests include modern and contemporary Arabic literature, comparative literature, post colonialism, and spatial theory. My current book project examines the work of novelists and short story writers from the sixties generation in Egypt, focusing upon the changing depictions of space in their work.
I am also working on a project that explores the representation of Sinai in the Egyptian literary imagination. I am particularly interested in the relationship between literature, nationalism, and activism as it is understood and articulated by contemporary Bedouin writers in Egypt.
I have taught classes on Arabic language, as well as on the literature and culture of the Middle East and Islamic World. At Columbia I also taught in the core curriculum program, as an instructor of Literature Humanities.
Courses I offer include:
- "Representing the City: Cairo in Contemporary Cultural Production"
- "The Writer and the Nation in Arabic Literature"
- "The Arabic Narrative Tradition”
I have articles and reviews published or forthcoming in Journal of Arabic Literature, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, and Arab Studies Journal.