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Hanan Al-Alawi

Hanan Al-Alawi

Vice-President, Graduates in International Languages and Literatures

Office Phone: (814) 863-1125


  1. MA Institution: Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Kuwait University
  2. BA Institution: English Literature, Kuwait University


Hanan Al-Alawi is a third-year dual-title PhD student in Comparative Literature and Womxn’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research explores the literary and cultural production of twentieth and twenty-first century dispossessed communities in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. It interrogates the authority of the archive and its historical production of knowledge by examining how disenfranchised collectivities in Kuwait, Iran, and Iraq, problematize normative identities, geopolitical borders, and narratives of nationhood. She works with Arabic, Farsi, and English.

Research Interests:

  • Arabic and Persian Literature, Criticism, and Culture 
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Memory and Trauma Studies
  • Embodiment/Disembodiment and Affect 
  • Postcolonial Studies 
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies


Teaching Experience:

CMLIT 10: Introduction to World Literature (Spring 2020)