Carol Fadda | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Carol Fadda

Dr. Carol Fadda (PhD)

Associate Professor
Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development

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Carol Fadda is an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Her areas of research, teaching, and graduate supervision extend to transnational and diaspora studies, Middle Eastern studies, women’s and gender studies, race and empire studies, US minority literature and cultures, and global Arab literature and cultures.

A recipient of an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) summer grant, a Future of Minority Studies Fellowship, and a Syracuse University Humanities Center Fellowship, her essays on gender, race, ethnicity, war trauma, feminist solidarities, and trans-national belonging have appeared in a variety of journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, MELUS, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Amerasia, among others. Her work has also been published in edited collections such as Orientalism and Literature, The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions, Arab Voices in Diaspora, and Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity through Writing.

She is the author of Contemporary Arab American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Home and Belonging (NYU Press, 2014), which highlights feminist, anti-assimilationist, and transnational modes of Arab American and Muslim American belonging that contest the conceived boundaries of the US nation-state and transform hegemonic forms of national membership and citizenship.

Her current book-length project, Carceral States and Dissident Citizenships: Narratives of Resistance in an Age of “Terror,” brings into focus literary texts, films, testimonials, as well as legal and historical documents that capture the experiences of incarcerated Arabs and Muslims in secret and extra-legal incarceration sites emerging in the “Global War on Terror” and other connected geopolitical Middle Eastern contexts.

She serves as the editor of the Critical Arab American Studies book series at Syracuse University Press.


Research Interests

  • Transnational and diaspora studies, histories and narratives of migration
  • Women’s and gender studies, women and gender in the Arab world
  • Arab American studies, US minority literatures and cultures
  • Race and empire studies
  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Global Arab literatures and cultures


Assistant Professor

Department of English, Syracuse University.

  • Associate Professor

    Department of English, Syracuse University.

  • Associated Faculty

    Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Syracuse University.

  • Affiliate Faculty

    Middle Eastern Studies Program, Syracuse University.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

    Department of English, Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA.

  • Lecturer, Department of English

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Instructor of English

    English Language Center, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.



Ph.D. English Department of English

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

  • M.A. English Department of English

    American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

  • B.A. English Department of English

    American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Selected Publications

  • Contemporary Arab-American Literature:

    Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging. New York University Press, 2014.

  • “Refusing Institutional Diversity in the Militarized Settler Academy” (co-authored with Dana Olwan).

    Race, Coloniality and (In) Justice in the Canadian Academy. Ed. Sunera Thobani. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 305-329. In Press.

  • “Critical Pedagogies: Resisting Anti-Arab Racism and Islamophobia in Asian North American Literatures.”

    MLA Teaching Approaches to Asian North American Literature. Ed. Jennifer Ho and Jenny Wills. Forthcoming.

  • Junaid Rana, Evelyn Alsultany, Lara Deeb, Carol Fadda, Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Arshad Ali, Sohail Daulatzai, Zareena Grewal, Juliane Hammer & Nadine Naber.

    “Pedagogies of Resistance: Why Anti-Muslim Racism Matters.” Amerasia Journal, 46.1 (2020): 57-62.

  • #IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus: Resource for Teaching & Learning about anti-Muslim Racism in the United States.

    Prepared by: Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Arshad Ali, Evelyn Alsultany, Sohail Daulatzai, Lara Deeb, Carol Fadda, Zareena Grewal, Juliane Hammer, Nadine Naber, and Junaid Rana. (2019).

  • “Intersections of Arab American and Asian American Literature.”

    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. New York: Oxford University Press. June 2019. doi:

  • “Living in a Country that does not Know Us.”

    Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. 8.2 (2019): 17-23.

  • “Orientalism and Cultural Translation: Middle-Eastern Migrant American Writing.”

    Orientalism and Literature. Ed. Geoffrey Nash. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 286-305.

  • “Arab, Asian, and Muslim Feminist Dissent: Responding to the “Global War on Terror”

    in Relational Frameworks.” Spec. issue of Amerasia: Arab/Americas: Locations and Iterations 44.1 (2018): 1-25.

  • “The Poetics of Torture in Philip Metres’ Sand Opera.”

    Arab American Aesthetics. Ed. Therí Pickens. New York: Routledge, 2018. 12-28.

  • “The Arab American Novel.”

    The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions. Ed. Waïl Hassan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 691-708.

  • “Arab American Citizenship in Crisis: Destabilizing Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US after 9/11.” Spec. issue of Modern Fiction Studies 57.3 (2011):

    532-55. Rpt. in Narrating 9/11: Fantasies of State, Security, and Terrorism. Ed. John N. Duvall and Robert P. Marzec. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2015. 194-216.

  • “Enacting Cross-Racial and Transnational Solidarity in an Age of “Terror.” Mizna:

    Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America. 15.2 (2014): 22-26.

  • “Writing Memories of the Present:

    Alternative Narratives about the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon.” Spec. issue of College Literature 37.1 (2010): 159-73.

  • “Transnational Diaspora and the Search for Home in Rabih Alameddine’s I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters.” Arab Voices in Diaspora:

    Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature. Ed. Layla Al-Maleh. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009. 163-85.

  • “Middle Eastern Literature: An Introduction.” Teaching World Literature. Ed. David Damrosch. New York:

    Modern Language Association, 2009. 331-42.

  • “Writing Arab-American Identity Post 9/11.” Spec. issue of Al-Raida 118-19 (2007):

    59-64. Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University.

  • “Weaving Poetic Autobiographies: Individual and Communal Identities in the Poetry of Mohja Kahf and Suheir Hammad.” Arab Women’s Lives Retold:

    Exploring Identity through Writing. Ed. Nawar Al-Hassan Golley. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2007. 155-76.

  • “Arab-American Literature in the Ethnic Borderland:

    Cultural Intersections in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent.” Spec. issue of MELUS 31.4 (2006): 187-205.

  • “The History of Arab Women in the Spanish-Conquered World.” Arabs in the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays on the Arabian Diaspora. Ed. Darcy A. Zabel. New York:

    Peter Lang, 2006. 19-28.

  • “Exilic Memories of War: Lebanese Women Writers Looking Back.”

    Arabesque: Arabic Literature in Translation and Arab Diasporic Writing. Spec. issue of Studies in the Humanities 30.1-2 (2003): 7-20.