Education

PhD, Comparative Literature, UCLA
MA, Philology, University of Bucharest

Research

  • Transnational, postcolonial, and postcommunist studies
  • Modern Arabic literature (dictatorship literature; autobiographical studies; human rights; intersections of literary and international development studies – ‘developmental narratives’, etc.)
  • Francophone literatures and cinemas of North Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, East Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Middle Eastern women’s literature and film
  • Gendered medical humanities
  • Critical theory

Publications

Edited Book

  • Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature. Rowman and Littlefield: Lexington Books, 2011. (co-editor)

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • “Institutional Memories and Transgenerational Conflicts: The House of Terror and the Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance.”  (forthcoming)
  • “Redeeming Francophonie: A New Concept of Francité,” The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Vol. 12, Issue 2&3 (2009): 341-364.
  • “(Im)Possible Representations: The Place of Negativity in the Autobiographical Writing,” The Comparatist, vol. 31 (2007): 50-66.
  • “From Plato to Derrida and Theories of Play,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 5.4 (2003). http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb/vol5/iss4/5.

Book Chapter

  • “Deviating from the Norm? Two Easts Testify to a Prison-Aesthetics of Happiness.” Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature. Rowman and Littlefield: Lexington Books, 2011: 185-205.

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Making and Studying Modern Middle East (Middle Eastern Studies 50C)
  • Modern Arabic Literature in English: Arab Women’s Literature and Film (CL 167/AR 151)
  • Arabophone, Francophone, and Anglophone Representations of the Self (CL 4DW)
  • The Transnational Literature of Human Rights (CL 4DW)
  • The Age of Enlightenment to the 20th Century (CL 4CW)
  • Novels that Predicted a Revolution (CL 4DW)
  • The Libidinal Economy of Transnational Exchange (CL 4DW)
  • Dictatorship, Authoritarianism, and Dissent (CL 4DW)