Ph.D 2010 New York University
M.A. 2004 New York University
B.A. 1998 University of Michigan
Modern Arabic literature (novel, short story, poetry)
Gender and sexuality
Modern Arab art and visual culture
Aesthetics and politics
2018 – Present: Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature, University of Toronto
2010-2017: Assistant Professor of Arabic – Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado, Boulder
· Aesthetics of Arab Modernity: Literature and Urbanism in Colonial Iraq, Cambridge University Press
· “Modernism on the Margins: Le Corbusier’s Baghdad Gymnasium and the Politics of Discovery” in Aesthetic Practices and Spatial Configuraions: Historical and Transregional Perspectives, Eds. Hannah Baader, Martina Becker, Niharika Dinkar (Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, 2017, In Press)
· “The Arabic Novel in Iraq” in The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions, Ed. Waïl Hassan, Oxford: Oxford University Press
· “The Figure of the Prostitute, Tajdid, and Masculinity in Anti-Colonial Literature of Iraq” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Vol. 11:1 (March 2015): 42-62.
· “Writing the Dismembered Nation: The Aesthetics of Horror in Iraqi Narratives of War” Arab Studies Journal (Vol. XXIII, No. 1) Fall 2015: 184-209.
· “Literature as Archive: Writing Literary History as Cultural History” Arab Studies Journal, (Vol. XXIII, No. 1) Fall 2015: 249-251.
· “Baudelaire in Baghdad: Modernism, the Body, and Husayn Mardan’s Poetics of the Self” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45 (2013): 313–329.
· “On Iraq War Revisionism: Kanan Makiya and the Arab Revolutions” Jadaliyya, April 17, http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/28450/On-Iraq-War-Revisionism-Kanan-Makiya-and-the-Arab-Revolutions
· “Shock-and-Awe Nation Building: Iraq’s Neo-Liberal Reconstruction” Jadaliyya, May 14, http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/25932/Shock-and-Awe-Nation-Building-Iraq%60s-Neo-Liberal-Reconstruction