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Literature and Film from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, Postcolonial studies, Twentieth Century French Literature, Modern Painting of North Africa and Middle East
Ph.D. Harvard University, French Language and Literatures
M.A. Harvard University, French Language and Literatures
Gender, Women, and the Arab Spring
. London: Routledge, 2015.
Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya
London: Routledge, 2014.
North African Cinema in a Global Context: Through the Lens of Diaspora
. London: Routledge, 2008.
The Arab Avant-Garde: Experiments in North African Art and Literature.
Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.
Spring semester 2022: Germaine Tillon Chair Research Fellow, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research (IMéRA), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
Fulbright Scholar, Tunisia 2012-2013.
Mellon Fellowship for Mid-Career faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center.
“The Political Crowd: Theorizing Popular Revolt in North Africa”, in
Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life,
Springer. 2012. Peer reviewed.
“On Algerian Civil Society and the Prohibition of Assembly”, January 30, 2013, in
“The Language of the Political Crowd in Tunisia”, Article Solicited by SSRC, Social Science Research Council. December 19, 2012.
“Amid Chants of 'Free Libya, Terrorists Out,' a Nation at a Crossroads”, Op Ed, Wall Street Journal Monday, September, 17, 2012. Reported from Benghazi, Libya and co-authored with Jason Pack of Cambridge University.
“Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population and Government”, September 25, 2012, in
“Rescue Benghazi Friday”, co-authored with Malak Bouod. September 26, 2012 in
“Tunisia’s Women: Partners in Revolution”, Forthcoming chapter in
The Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring,
London: Routledge Press. Peer reviewed.
"Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population, and Government."
. 25 September 2012.
Published Article: (2011) "The Political Crowd: Theorizing Popular Revolt in North Africa", in
Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life.
“Abdelkebir Khatibi,” Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East. Thomson Gale Publishers, 2007.
“Women, Gender and Women’s Fiction Writers: North Africa,” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.
“A Writing in Points: Autobiography and the Poetics of the Tattoo”, The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, Volume 8, No. 2, summer 2003.
“Another Image of Tunisia: A Film Short Trilogy by Moncef Dhouib” in The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, volume 7, number 2, summer 2002.
“Images that Come out at Night: Moncef Dhouib” in CELAAN Journal "Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord” special issue “Cinéma Maghrébin/Maghrebian Cinema” vol.1, n.1, summer 2002.
“Affect and Ruin in Assia Djebar’s ”Vaste est la prison” in ALIF journal of Comparative Poetics, volume 20, “The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign Languages”. Cairo, Egypt. Spring 2000.
“The Myth of the False: Ramses Younan and post-structuralism avant la lettre”, in The Arab Studies Journal, “Language and Culture in the Arab World”, Washington DC, winter 2000.
“The Suture: Tahar Ben Jelloun’s La Prière de l’absent”, in LittéRéalité “Diaspora Maghrébine”, University of York, Toronto Winter 2000.
“Returning and the Body in Abdelwahab Meddeb’s Talismano” in Itineraires, volume 27, “Nouvelles approaches des texts littéraires maghrébins ou migrants”. Paris: Harmattan, fall 1999.
Translation of “Sociologie et Identité en Egypte et au Maroc: Le travail de deuil de la colonisation”, by Alain Roussillon, for Cambridge History of Social Sciences. Issue: “The Internationalization of the Social Sciences”, 1998.
Editor of Special Issue of The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 12, No. 3, September, 2007): “Through the Lens of Diaspora: North African Cinema in a Global Context”. Author of article: “The Myth of Masculinity in the Films of Merzak Allouache”, (30pp); Author of Introduction.
co-Editor-in-Chief of the
Journal of North African Studies.
Member of Mellon Interdisciplinary Committee for the Study of Religion
Board of Directors and Program Officer, American Institute for Maghreb Studies, 2009-present
Faculty Fellow (2008-2009) “Great Issues Forum: Power in the Contemporary World” at The Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored jointly by the Chancellor’s Office and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Member of the Faculty of Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
Director of the ‘Centre d’études maghrébines à Tunis’ (CEMAT) (Center for Maghreb Studies), Tunis, Tunisia (October 2001-October 2002).