Arabic Literature and Culture | Comparative and World Literature | Postcolonial Theory | Autobiography | Arab Spring | Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Intellectual History of the Arab World.
My research examines personal narratives in Arabic literature, particularly modern Palestinian autobiography that deals with identity and displacement. I am interested in the ways literature depicts and resists political authority. I also examine how the individual seeks expression of the self through autobiographical or creative writings, and how such expression reacts and contributes to personal, cultural, or universal concerns. My book, Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories of the Arab Revolutions, Columbia University Press, 2015 (http://goo.gl/WA2L5J ) provides autobiographical narratives by Arab citizens who went through the Arab Spring and the grievances that lead to it. Other publications appeared in Arab Studies Quarterly, MMLA Journal, and Journal of International Women’s Studies. I am currently working on a book project providing biographical information on the Syrian Revolution and Civil War.