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Accomplished Instructor and Lecturer with an extensive track record of improving and building quality educational and curriculum development through extensive education, vision, leadership and real world experiences. Experience spans global educational facilities that include leading international educational institutions and Ivy League institutions. Eager to contribute curriculum development and advanced language and women’s studies toward optimizing the goals of a world-class educational institution. Advanced skills in developing, managing and manipulating training schedules and development of creative and compelling curriculum. Excellent interpersonal, group presentation and written communication skills. Proven ability to effect change and drive continuous improvement. Fluent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.


Ph.D., Comparative Literature – 2009
Masters Degree in Comparative Literature – 2005
Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge • MA
Joint Masters Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies – 2000
Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Waltham • MA
Masters Degree in English and Comparative Literature – 1990
American University in Cairo, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cairo • Egypt
B.A. in English and Comparative Literature – 1985
American University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cairo • Egypt

Teaching Experience:
Research Assistant – Harvard Law School Internet and Democracy Project 2008 – 2009
• Answered online surveys on Arabic language blogs.
Brandeis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 1996 – 2000
Lecturer (1998 – 2000) Modern Standard Arabic
• Assisted Professor William Granara who specializes in Contemporary Arabic Fiction, and an accomplished translator of literary texts, currently my thesis advisor. Taught and corrected daily homework assignments and administering oral part of final exam.
Teaching Assistant (1996 – 1997) Modern Middle Eastern History
• Collaborated with Professor Yitzhak Nakash who specializes in the Arab Shiites of Iraq. Lead class discussions, met regularly with students to discuss paper topics, provided research guidance and was ultimately responsible for providing letter grade.
Teaching Assistant (1996 – 1998) Women’s Studies
• Joint course sponsored by Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies. Worked with Professor Olga Davidson who specializes in Persian Epic poetry, with special interest in Women’s Lamentation poetry and oral traditions. Participated in weekly discussions and helped developed curriculum for this course.
Teaching Assistant – Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations 1994 – 1995
• Modern Standard Arabic instruction.
Instructor of English/ Writing Program – American University of Cairo, Egypt 1985 – 1986
• Taught English as Foreign Language Program as part of TEFL program that acquainted students with research methods at library, developed writing skills and eased student transition into American educational systems.
Instructor of English Literature – Al-Alsun University, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams, Cairo, Egypt 1988 – 1990
• Led class discussions of literary texts, suggested paper topics, worked extensively with students on developing writing and to develop critical skills necessary for understanding all facets of English language.

Instructor of English Literature – International Language Institute, Cairo, Egypt 1985 – 1990
Private Tutor in English as a Foreign Language, English literature/essay writing, and Arabic 1980 – 1988
• Extensive experience tutoring students in Arabic, and English as a foreign language, providing lessons on literary appreciation and essay writing.
Professional Experience:
• Appointed Commissioner to first Arab-American Heritage Commission in New Jersey by Governor Corzine.
• Served as Head of Programming Committee, providing expertise to academic institutions, organized events, and fostered collaborative relationships with institutions such as public libraries, museums and art galleries to successfully promote various aspects of Arab culture within the state.
• Developed curriculum in conjunction with Professor Olga Davidson for course called The Voice of the Muslim Woman.
• Currently developing courses on Arabic literature and film in collaboration with Professor Olga Davidson for the Ilex Foundation.
• Participated in organizing first Arab-American Fashion Show. Contribution included sponsoring one of Egypt’s first female jewelry makers, writing narrative of life and work.
• Occasional contributor to online magazine and
• Associate Editor of English-Arabic Junior Dictionary, Elias Publishing House, Cairo, Egypt.

1) A Response to Yasmin Mogahed: Servant of God or Servant of Power?
2) Jewelry Making and the Life of a Woman: Zeinab Khalifa
3) Men of Real Honor: An Open Letter to Somia El-Afly Ahmed El-Fishawy’s Mother
4) ‘’My daughter didn’t come into the world to be punished; An Interview with Hind El-Hinnawy.
5) Let Them be Scandalized; An Egyptian Woman Challenges Society’s Ideas of Dishonor.
6) The Closed Doors; A Film Review
7) A Secular Muslim’s Take on Fasting During Ramadan: Don’t Forget Us
8) Homecoming

(All articles published to online magazine with the exception of Homecoming that appears on as part of an ongoing experiment in progressive Islam and intra-communal debate on pluralism notable for participation of academic such as Professor Omid Safi and others. Some of the material from these Websites is now being used in academic settings)

1) Humor as a Form of Cultural Self-Affirmation; A Study of Two Popular Egyptian Comedians. (To appear in anthology on Middle Eastern humor) Publisher: Ilex Foundation.
2) Trajectories of Hope and Despair; Stories of Lost cities in 20th Century Middle Eastern Fiction and Beyond. (Dissertation to be expanded into book form and published by Ilex foundation)

The Humanistic Impulse in the films of Youseff Chahine: A Talk on his epic film Destiny. Presented at the Barker Center at Harvard University.
The Ethical Conflicts of Communal Critique; A Reflection On Covering the Case of Hind El-Hinnawy from America.
Participated on panel at New York University on Arabic Literature and its Impact on Social and Political Movements. Discussed relationship between blogging and emergence of Arab Cosmopolitan Identify. Contemporary Arabic Fiction, War Literature from Lebanon, Francophone North African Fiction, Popular Culture in the Middle East and Diaspora, The Development of Arab-American Literary Traditions, The Emergence of Progressive American Muslim Traditions, Video Arts in the Middle East, Oral Literature including epic and colloquial poetry, Arabic Slave Narratives.

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