Associate Professor, English
Carol Fadda-Conrey grew up in Beirut, Lebanon where she earned her B.A. and M.A. from the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Purdue University in August 2006 with a Ph.D. in contemporary American Literature. Her work on US ethnic literatures focuses on Arab-American literary studies, delineating the complexity of Arab-American communal and individual identities, particularly in light of 9/11 and its aftermath. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Arab-American cultures and literatures, US ethnic literary texts, war narratives from the Middle East and its diaspora, Arab-Americans before and after 9/11, and gender and sexuality in the Arab World. She has taught at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Purdue University in Indiana, and St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her journal articles on gender, race, ethnicity, war, trauma, and transnational citizenship in Arab and Arab-American literary texts have appeared in Studies in the Humanities, MELUS, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature, Al- Raida, and College Literature. Her essays have also appeared in the edited collections Arabs in America: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Arab Diaspora (2006), Arab Women's Lives Retold: Exploring Identity through Writing (2007), Teaching World Literature (2009), and Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature (2010). She is currently working on a book manuscript, titled “Between the Transnational and the Ethnic: Arab-American Literary Renegotiations of Self and Home,” which looks at a wide variety of literary texts by Arab-American writers spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present to examine the pivotal role that the Arab homeland plays in shaping Arab-American identities.
Areas of SupervisionArab-American literature and culture, ethnic and minority studies, postcolonial and transnational studies.
Research and Teaching InterestsArab-American literature and culture, ethnic and minority studies, diaspora and transnational studies.