Dana M. Olwan |Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dana M. Olwan

Dr. Dana M. Olwan (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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Dana Olwan joins the Master of Arts in Women, Society, and Development from Syracuse University where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work is located at the nexus of feminist theorizations of gender violence, transnational solidarities, and critical feminist pedagogies. She is the recipient of a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader Award from the Institute of Citizens and Scholars, a Future Minority Studies postdoctoral fellowship, and a Palestinian American Research Council grant. Her work has appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Formations, the Journal of Settler Colonial Studies, American Quarterly, and Feral Feminisms. She is co-editor with Margaret A. Pappano of Muslim Mothering: Local and Global Histories, Theories, and Practices (Demeter Press, 2016). Her first book Gender Violence and The Transnational Politics of the Honor Crime was published by Ohio State University Press in 2021. She is currently working on a new project that is centered on marriage and divorce laws and citizenship practices in the Arab world, with a specific focus on Jordan and women’s access to personal status rights. She teaches courses on feminist theory, comparative settler colonialisms, and gender politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She is co-editor (with Chandra Talpade Mohanty) of Comparative Feminist Studies from Palgrave Macmillan.


Research Interests

  • Gender violence (with a particular focus on discursive constructions of gender violence and transnational anti-violence activism and resistance).
  • Gender, citizenship practices, and the law (focus on personal status issues such as marriage and the right to divorce in Jordan and Palestine).
  • Comparative settler colonialisms and feminist solidarities (between the US, Canada, and Palestine).
  • Genealogies of Women’s and Gender Studies (field formations, institutional co-optations, and radical histories).
  • Feminist pedagogies (curricular development and transformation).


Associate Professor

Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

  • Assistant Professor

    Sociology and Anthropology Program, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

  • Assistant Professor

    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

  • Ruth Wynn Woodward Junio Chair in Gender

    Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University

  • Assistant Professor

    Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Queen’s University



Ph.D. in English Literature

Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada)

  • MA in English Literature

    Georgetown University (Washington, DC)

  • BA in English Literature

    La Roche University (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • BA in English Literature

    Yarmouk University (Irbid, Jordan)


Selected Publications

  • Gender Violence and the Transnational Politics of the Honor Crime

    The Ohio State University Press, Spring 2021

  • Muslim Mothering:

    Local and Global Histories, Theories, and Practices. (with Margaret Aziza Pappano). Toronto: Demeter Press, 2016. (297 Pages)

  • “Sexual Divestments from Empire:

    Women’s Studies, Institutional Feeling and the ‘Odious’ Machine.” (with Anna M. Agathengelou, Tamara L. Spira and Heather Turcotte). Feminist Formations. 27.3 (Winter 2015): 136-167

  • “Gendered Violence, Cultural Otherness, and Honour Crimes in Canadian National Logics.”

    Canadian Journal of Sociology. 38. 4 (2013): 533-555

  • “On Assumptive Solidarities in Comparative Settler Colonialisms.”

    Feral Feminisms. 4 (Summer 2015): 89-102

  • Other Publications

    “Why BDS is a Feminist Issue.” Al Jazeera. November 24, 2015