Amal Mohammed Al Malki | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Amal Mohammed Al Malki

Dr. Amal Mohammed Al Malki (PhD)

Associate Professor and Founding Dean (2016-2023)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • Office locationC.01.006, First Floor, Minaretein Building


Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is the Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. She also was an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where she taught courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation, and Islamic feminism. Dr. Al-Malki holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London-SOAS, where she also earned a master’s degree in English-Arabic Applied Linguistics and Translation.

Dr. Al-Malki’s research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women, and postcolonial literature. She has published numerous articles in academic journals in the United States and the UK. Her book, Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media (2012) is published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Academic, UK. It was lauded as the first comprehensive study of the topic in the world. She also edited The Writer’s Craft: Teaching Creative Writing in Qatar, published as a part of an initiative honoring Doha as the Arab Capital of Culture in 2010.

Dr. Al-Malki is a sought-after public speaker and social commentator. She has been invited to speak at conferences and forums throughout the Middle East, United States, and the UK. Dr. Al-Malki was recognized as a QF Achiever in Qatar Foundation’s global campaign in 2011 and was featured in regional and international news and TV outlets, for example, CNN. She was the first Arab and Muslim to be invited as a Keynote Speaker at City University in New York after 9/11. She was also the first Qatari to be invited to address the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS, and Maryland University among others. In 2018, Dr. Al-Malki was selected by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris as “Personnalite d’Avenir Genre” (Future Personality for Gender Equality). Focusing on women's rights and Arab identity, Dr. Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world.


Research Interests

  • The negotiation of identity between East and West
  • Media representations of Arab women
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Gender politics
  • Arab women's rights
  • Change of cultural dynamics in the Gulf


Founding Dean

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

2016 - 2023
  • Executive Director

    Translation and Interpreting Institute, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

    2011 - 2015
  • Associate Professor

    Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar. On Public Service leave AY 2012-13 to AY 2015-16

    2012- 2016
  • Assistant Professor

    Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar



PhD in Comparative Literature

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. Thesis title: “Tradition and Modernity in Post-Colonial Novels: A Comparative Study of Chinua Achebe and Al- Tayyib Salih”

  • MA in English/Arabic Applied Linguistics/Translation

    School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London

  • BEd in English and Education

    Qatar University


Selected Publications

  • Amal Mohammed Al-Malki, “Public Policy and Identity,” in Policy Making in a Transformative State:

    The Case of Qatar (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 241-269.

  • Amal Al-Malki, David Kaufer, Suguru Ishizaki, Kira Dreher, Arab Women in Arab News

    Old Stereotypes and New Media. (March 2012: Bloomsbury Academic, UK and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing).

  • Amal M. Al-Malki (ed.) The Writer’s Craft:

    Teaching Creative Writing in Qatar. (Doha: Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Heritage, 2010).

  • David Kaufer, Suguru Ishizaki, and Amal Al-Malki, "Training writing teachers in the implicit knowledge underlying writing assignments,” in Sustaining Excellence in Communicating across the Curriculum:

    Cross-Institutional Experiences and Best Practices, eds. Nagwa Kassabgy and Amani Elshimi (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), 111-126.