St. Antony's College
DPhil in Oriental Studies (4th year), Concentration: Modern Arabic Literature
2011-2013: Master's in Franco-Arab Studies in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of North Carolina.
2011-2013: Graduate Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Academic positions held:
Lecturer of Arabic Literature, Department of Middle East & South Asian Literatures and Cultures, University of Virginia. (2018-2019)
Lecturer of Arabic Language and Literature & Coordinator of Arabic, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Culturues, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2017-2018)
Tutorial Instructor, "Geopolitical Shock and Identity in the Levant," Stanford University in Oxford (Trinity 2016)
French Instructor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of North Carolina (2011-2013)
My doctoral research focuses on intersections of exile, intellectual commitment (iltizam), and political dissent in the literary corpus of the late Saudi-Iraqi novelist Abdulrahman Munif. I examine Munif's literary corpus through the aforementioned lenses and analyze the ways in which his exilic experiences inform his literary output, allowing him to bridge a cultural gap between the socities of of the sea (Arab Mediterranean, Levant) and those of the desert (Arab Gulf). General research interests include: Exile, Arab intellectual history, the Arab Mediterranean, Orientalism, the Gulf, Franco-Arab intersections, cultural geography, and more recently, Turkish-Arab intersections.
Recent Publications and/or Conferences:
In preparation, Editor, "The Arabic Poetry Issue: Revolution & Rebellion," The International Poetry Review, expected publication Spring 2019.
In preparation, Research Note, "Munif in Mobility: Notes on a career and networks of knowledge production in exile."
Forthcoming, Abul-Hayyat, Maya, (Trans.) Suja Sawafta, (Ed.) Nathalie Handal. "The City and the Writer: In Nablus with Maya Abul-Hayyat," Words Without Borders.
Forthcoming, Shukair, Mahmoud, (Trans.) Suja Sawafta, (Ed.) Nathalie Handal. "The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Mahmoud Shukair, Words Without Borders.
Hlehel, Ala', (Trans.) Suja Sawafta, (Ed.) Nathalie Handal. "The City and the Writer: In Qadita with Ala' Hlehel," Words Without Borders. 30 May 2016. (Also published in "Palestinians and the City," a project run by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University).
Badr, Liana, (Trans.) Suja Sawafta, (Ed.) Nathalie Handal. "The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Liana Badr," Words Without Borders. 19 May 2016.