PhD, University of Waterloo
Master of Arts, Kansas State University
Master of Arts, University of Baghdad
Bachelor of Arts, Al-Moman University College
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My academic journey began in Baghdad, Iraq as an English language student at a small teacher’s college, where I learned to teach English language and literature to non-native English speakers. After receiving my BA (1999), my interest in learning and teaching English led me to complete my first MA degree (2002) from the University of Baghdad. In 2006, I had the opportunity to expand both my academic and cultural experiences when I won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a second MA at Kansas State University (2008). After receiving my degree, my family and I arrived in Canada as landed immigrants. One year later, I joined the PhD program at the University of Waterloo. I was happy to defend my doctoral dissertation and receive my Canadian citizenship on the same day in April 2014. Since I left Iraq, my main focus has been on research that is concerned with the writings and narratives of migrant Iraqi women in the diaspora. My doctoral dissertation, titled Defragmenting Identity in the Life Narratives of Iraqi North American Women, examined contemporary Iraqi North American women’s written and oral life narratives, with a focus on their representations of war, immigration and identity. I have been teaching academic writing, creative writing and literature courses with the Department of English Language and Literature and Renison University College.
“311 and Counting.” Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Oakland: PM Press, 2012. (Anthology)
“Roots,” “Dreams of Exile,” and “Zahawi.” Malpais Review 2.2 (2011).
“Interview with Dunya Mikhail, Author of The War Works Hard” Touchstone Magazine, Spring 2008.
Fellowships & Awards
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2012-13
- President’s Graduate Scholarship, 2012
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-12
- UW Faculty of Arts Scholarship, 2009-10
- Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women, 2009-10
- J. William Fulbright Scholarship, 2006-08
- The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Prose 2011
- Graduate Creative Writing Award for Poetry 2011
- The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Poetry 2009
- Graduate Creative Writing Award for Prose 2007
I am currently working on developing my PhD dissertation into a monograph for the “Cultural Spaces” series with University of Toronto Press. The work is part of a larger research project that I have been working on since I arrived in Canada and it is concerned with the life writing of Arab migrants to Canada beginning from the late 19th century to the massive migrations that have taken place within the last two decades due to war, political unrest, and the incidents of the Arab Spring. I am also working on a collection of poems, titled From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris, which reflects my own experiences of the Gulf War and its aftermath.
Areas of Graduate Supervision
- Life Writing/Women’s Life Writing
- Arab and Arab North American literature, history, and culture
- Diaspora and Postcolonial Theory
- War and Trauma Theory and Literature
- Transnational and Immigrant Literature
- Ethnic American Literature