Ph.D., Indiana University
SpecialtiesModern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory 133 New Cabell Hall
Office HoursT/Th 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Background and Interests
Contemporary Arabic Literature, Arab Feminism(s), Literary and Trauma Theory, Gender Studies, Queer Arabic Literature, Autobiography, Travel, Fantasy, War Narratives, Postcolonial and Diasporic Literature, and Comparative Literature
- Mead Honored Faculty, The Mead Endowment, Univeristy of Virginia, 2012-2013.
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty (UVa Today), 2009-2010.
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowship, 2009-2010.
- University Teaching Fellowship, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia (UVa Today Article), 2008-09.
- University of Virginia Summer Reserach Grant, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013.
- University of Virginia Reserach Grant, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013.
- Professors as Writers Award, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2006.
- Excellence in Diversity Fellow, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2006.
- College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, Indiana University, 1998-99.
- American Comparative Literature Association Travel Grant, 1998.
- Outstanding Scholar and Teacher Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University, 1997.
- Fulbright Scholarship, United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.), 1990-1992.
- Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015.
- Co-editor with (Tarek El-Ariss), "Queer Affects," special issue of International Journal of Middle East Studies 45:2 May 2013.
- "Remapping Arab Narrative and Sexual Desire in Salwâ al-Na'îmî's Burhân al-'Asal (The Proof of the Honey)." Journal of Arabic Literature 43.1 (2012): 60-79.
- "Border Crossings: Cultural Collisions and Reconciliations in Hanan al-Shaykh's Only in London." in Perspectives on the 'Migrant Cosmopolitans': Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality. Eds. Nirmala Menon and Marika Preziuso. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014.
- "North American Muslim Women's Movements and the Politics of Islamic Feminine Hermeneutics.” in Mapping Arab Women’s Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within. Eds. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley and Pernille Arenfeldt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012. 303-329.
- “Anxiety of Erasure: Arab Women Writers between Shahrazad’s Memory and the Nightmare of Infanticide.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 30 (2010): 73-97. (In Arabic).
- “Transforming Nationhood from Within the Minefield: Arab Female Guerrilla Fighters and the Politics of Peace Poetics.” Women's Studies International Forum 32.5 (2009): 331-339.
- “Out of the Closet: Representation of Homosexuals and Lesbians in Modern Arabic Literature.” Journal of Arabic Literature 39.2 (2008): 270-310.
- “Contemporary Syrian Literature: An Introduction.” in Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations . Ed. Words Without Borders. New York: The New Press, 2006.
- "Beyond Islamicate and Modern Sexualities." A review of Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire. Eds. Kathryn Babayan and Afsaneh Najmabadi. Journal of the American Oriental Society. 129.4 (2009): 693-695.
- “Writing Away Exile with a Faceless Alphabet” a review of Without an Alphabet, Without a Face: Selections of Poems of Saadi Youssef . Trans. Khaled Mattawa. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 2002. In Cold Mountain Review . 34.2 (2006): 58-66.
- A translation of Hanna Mina’s “On the Sacks” in Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations . Ed. Words Without Borders. New York: The New Press, 2006.
- Interviewed by Cathy Lewis on HearSay, Norfolk, VA. "From the Headlines: Egypt's Uprising," January 31, 2011.
- Interviewed by Sarah McConnell with Jack Shaheen on With Good Reason Radio Show. "Arab Defamation in Film," July 10, 2010.
Lectures and Presentations
- "Unearthing the Archives in Salwa al-Neimi's The Proof of the Honey," Gender and Women Studies in the Arab Region Conference, American University in Sharjah, Sharjah, March 7-9, 2012.
- "Muslim Women on the Move: From Local Notoriety to Global Networks," Middle East Studies Association (MESA). San Diego, November 18-21, 2010.
- “Embodying Arab Lesbian Identity,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Boston, November 21-24, 2009.
- “Are We There Yet? Lesbian Identity in Modern Arabic Literature,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, DC. November 22-25, 2008.
- "Queering the Arabic Novel," MESALC Speakers Series, University of Virginia, October 17, 2008.
- "A Man Against His Will: Suppressed Homosexuality and Ruptured National Memory in Hoda Barakat's The Stone of Laughter," Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Montréal, November 17-20, 2007.
- “Transforming Nationhood from Within the Minefield: Arab Female Guerrilla Fighters and the Politics of Peace Poetics,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Boston, November 18-21, 2006.
- “The Poetics of Mosaic Autobiography in Contemporary Arabic Literature,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, D.C. November 19-22, 2005.
- “Buried Alive: The Poetics of Exile and Arab Women Writers,” Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalid al-Nahyan Cultural Center. Al-‘Ain, United Arab Emirates. February 18, 2003.
- “Contested Departures in Ghada Al-Samman’s Travel Writing,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington, D.C. November 20-22, 1999.
- “The Prodigal Daughter: Women Writers, the Academia, and the Dissertation Novel,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Austin, TX. March 26-28, 1998.
- “The Academia at Trial: Memoirs of a Prodigal Daughter from ‘Hisland,’” Indiana University Conference in the Humanities. Bloomington, IN. March 6-7, 1998.
- “A Spaceship to the Orient: Fantasy Fiction as Exile in Ghada Al-Samman’s Narrative,” Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA). San Francisco, CA. November 22-24, 1997.
- “(Re)Writing Magic: Science Fiction and the Arab Novel," Crossing the Jordan Annual Conference. Cultural Studies. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. February 7-8, 1996.
- “Uncovering the Lens: The Mis/Representation of the ‘Other’ in Pasolini’s Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte,” Crossing the Jordan Annual Conference. Cultural Studies. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. February 17-19, 1995.
- MEST 2270/5270: Culture and Society of the Contemporary Arab Middle East
- ARTR 3350/5350: Introduction to Arab Women’s Literature
- ARTR 3290/5290: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
- ARAB 3860/5860: Modern Fiction in Arabic
- ARAB 5830/5840: Readings in Modern Arabic Poetry & Prose
- ARAB 4120/7120: Introduction to Arabic Drama