Adjunct Associate Professor

1999, PhD Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley



My research has treated Arab cultural texts ranging from medieval literature and contemporary oral poetry to modern prose fiction and visual culture. Most recently I have focused on Palestinian literature and visual culture. My most recent publications include the edited volume Bad Girls of the Arab World (University of Texas Press 2017), which I co-edited with Rula Quawas. My book on Palestinian cinema of the 1970s, titled Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution, will be published in June 2018. I teach courses on Arab film, visual culture, and literature.


  • Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2018.
  • Bad Girls of the Arab World. Volume coedited with Rula Quawas. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2017.
  • “The Afterlives of Violent Images: Reading Photographs from the Tal al-Za`tar Refugee Camp on Facebook,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 8, 2/3, 2015, pp. 327-54.
  • “Refracted Filmmaking in Muhammad Malas’ The Dream and Kamal Aljafari’s The Roof,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 7, 2, 2014, pp. 152-68.
  • “Narrating the Nakba: the Seventh Decade,” Narrating ‘conflict’:  Discourse, Spectacle, Commemoration and Communication Practices in Palestine and Lebanon. Eds.  Dina Matar and Zahera Harb. London: I B Taurus, 2013, pp. 225-247.


  • UNC Kenan Senior Scholar, Fall 2015
  • UNC Carolina Women’s Center Scholar in Residence, Spring 2013
  • UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Fellow 2012-
  • American Council of Learned Societies/National Endowment for the Arts/
  • Social Science Research Council Fellow 2009/10
  • UNC James Moeser Award for Distinguished Research 2008
  • UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellow, 2004, 2016-
  • Social Science Research Council Fellow, 1995
  • Fulbright Fellow, 1986/87 (Syria), 1991/92 (Egypt)

Courses Taught:

  • ASIA 64: First-Year Seminar: Arab World Photography
  • ARAB 151: Arabic Literature through the Ages
  • ARAB 337: Borders and Walls in the Arab World
  • ARAB 338: Borders and Walls in the Arab World–Experiential
  • ARAB 350: Women and Leadership in the Arab World
  • ARAB 434: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 452: Imagining Palestine
  • ARAB 453: Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World


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