I am an Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures at Tufts University, where I am the director of the Arabic program. I completed a PhD Columbia University, awarded jointly in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, and held prior appointments at Brown University and the University of Edinburgh, teaching comparative literature, Arabic and Persian literatures, and postcolonial and world cinema courses.
Tufts faculty profile.
Current research interests:
Comparative literature. Cinema studies. Cinema and memory in postcolonial contexts of war and social conflict. Comparative studies of colonialism and anti-colonialism. Comparative studies of 19th and early 20th century Arabic and Persian literatures.
Initiatives and collaborations:
I am a co-founder of Tufts’ interdisciplinary program on Colonialism Studies, along with my colleagues, Kris Manjapra and Lisa Lowe, and with them am also a co-organizer of a Mellon-funded Sawyer seminar series on Comparative Global Humanities for 2015-16.
I am a member of the Network of Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies (MENA and Europe) based at the University of Cologne.