Ph.D., Univ. of Edinburgh
M.Sc., Univ. of Edinburgh
B.A., Al-Baath Univ., Syria
Kifah Hanna is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Culture Studies and the Head of the Arabic section. Her research and teaching interests broadly include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Arabic literature, gender and sexuality, queer theory, (trans-)cultural studies, cinema studies, war literature, comparative literature, and world literature. She is the author of Feminism and Avant-Garde Aesthetics in the Levantine Novel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her work appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is currently at work on a single–authored book manuscript which examines queer cultural productions of the Arab world at the turn of the 21st century.
Professor Hanna’s scholarly research informs her teaching pedagogy as she encourages her students to challenge perceived notions of gender and sexuality in their examinations of Arabic literature, culture, and cinema.