Andrea Khalil

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Andrea Khalil is Associate professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Queens College CUNY and an affiliated faculty member in French and Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She came to CUNY from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo where she was assistant professor from 1999-2000. Her PhD is from Harvard University where she wrote a doctoral dissertation on modern Moroccan literature. She is the author of The Arab Avant-Garde: Experiments in North African Narrative (Heinemann, 2003) and editor of North African Cinema in a Global Context: Through the Lens of Diaspora (Routledge 2008). In 2001-2002 she served as the Director of the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis, Tunisia. Her research has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation (2011), Fulbright Commission (Tunisia 2012-2013), Harvard University (Morocco 1997) and CUNY. Her articles on North Africa have appeared in The Journal of North African Studies, The Wall Street Journal, ALIF Journal of Comparative Poetics, The Arab Studies Journal, Contemporary Islam and Jadaliyya. She has served on the board of directors of the American Institute for Maghreb Studies (2009-2012) and is an Associate editor and book review editor of The Journal of North African Studies (2006-present). She is currently a Fellow of The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. She has travelled, conducted research and lived in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.


Selected recent writings:

The Language of the Political Crowd in Tunisia, Article Solicited by SSRC, Social Science Research Council. December 192012 based on fieldwork in Tunisia).


Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population and Government, September 25, 2012, in Jadaliyya: (article based on fieldwork in Benghazi, Libya).


Rescue Benghazi Friday, September 26, 2012 in Jadaliyya: article co-authored with Malek Bouod based on fieldwork in Benghazi, Libya.


Amid Chants of ‘Free Libya, Terrorists Out,’ a Nation at a CrossroadsOp Ed, Wall Street Journal Monday, September, 17, 2012. Reported from Benghazi, Libya and co-authored with Jason Pack.



Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. London: Routledge. 2014.

The Arab Avant-Garde: Experiments in North African Art and Literature. London: Praeger. 2003.


Collected Volumes

Women, Gender and the Arab Spring. Editor of special issue of The Journal of North African Studies 19(2), March 2014.

North African Cinema in a Global Context: Through the Lens of Diaspora. Editor. London: Routledge. 2008.


Fulbright Scholar, Tunisia 2012-2013.

Associate Editor of Journal of North African Studies



CMLIT 215: Modern Literature: The North African Novel.
CMLIT 101: Great Books: Introduction to North African and Middle Eastern Literature.
CMLIT 241: Literature and the Movies: Literature and Film from North Africa and the Middle East.
CMLIT 243: Postcolonial Literatures: Women and Postcolonial North Africa and the Middle East
CMLIT 231: African Literature in a World Context: North Africa in an African Context







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