MemberHania A.M. Nashef

Hania A. M. Nashef is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Her publications include Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness, The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee and other articles on J.M. Coetzee and José Saramago, including “Becomings in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago’s Blindness,” and in Comparative Literature Studies, and recently “Specters of Doom: Saramago’s Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave.” She has also published on Palestinian literature, film and Arab media representations, including  “Disconcerting images: Arab female portrayals on Arab television,” in Interventions, “Barbaric space: Portrayal of Arab lands in Hollywood films,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, “Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now” in Transnational Cinemas, “Virtuality and différance in the age of the hyperreal,” in Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and more recently “Challenging the myth of “a land without a people’: Mahmoud Darwish’s Journal of an Ordinary Grief and In the Presence of Absence in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and “Two memories: Darwish and Shehadeh recount their days under siege,” in Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism and others.  

MemberNeema GHENIM

Ghenim Neema is a lecturer of English Literature and a director of research laboratory at the University Mohamed Ben Ahmed, Oran 2, Algeria. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature on Sufism in Algeria as well as Transcendentalism in the United States. Her field of interest is comparative literature with a focus on postcolonial Africa and the question of democracy as well as the challenge between remembering and forgetfulness. She is also interested in literary theories dealing with questions of gender and identity in literary discourse. As a teacher, she tries to make connections between literature and history. She engages and inspires her students to cultivate their curiosity.

MemberElizabeth M. Holt

At Bard, I direct the Middle Eastern Studies program, and teach courses on Arabic language and literature, literary theory, the global cultural cold war, empire and Arabic literature, the 19th and 20th century Arabic Nahḍah, 1001 Nights, Arabic poetry, and Palestinian literature.  I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature, and am the author of Fictitious Capital: Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel (Fordham 2017).  I am presently finishing a second monograph, Imperious Plots: Arabic Literature in the Cold War.

MemberPauline Homsi Vinson

Pauline Homsi Vinson, PhD, teaches English literature and composition at Diablo Valley College. Previously, she has taught at various universities in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Her research interests include Arab and Arab American Literature, Arab women’s movements, gender, sexuality, mobility, diaspora, and hybridity studies as well as English Renaissance drama and college writing. Co-founder of the Arab American Studies Association (AASA), she has also published articles on Arab and Arab-American writers in edited volumes and in such journals as NWSAJ. Her translations of short fiction and prose essays from Arabic to English have appeared in Al Jadid. Currently, she is completing a manuscript project titled “Re-orienting Arab-American Writing: Storytelling, Cultural Mobility, and Subversive Appropriations of the One Thousand and One Nights.”

MemberBashar H. Malkawi

  Bashar H. Malkawi is Dean and Professor of Law at University of Sharjah. He received his S.J.D from American University, Washington College of Law, and LLM in International Trade Law from University of Arizona. His academic career has traversed both business and law schools, teaching a variety of business law courses in Jordan, UAE, Italy, and United States . His research agenda focuses on the role of the World Trade Organization, regional trade agreements, Arab economic integration, with specific projects examining Arab countries’ participation in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, and business law (broadly conceived).