I grew up in Bolton before moving to begin studying at Lancaster University. At Lancaster I completed my BA in English Literature and an MA in Contemporary Literary Studies, before doing a PhD that focused on the representation of West Asian women in literary and visual media. In 2019, I moved to London and started work at QMUL as a Lecturer in World Literature.
My research interests include postcolonial feminism; Middle Eastern, West Asian, and South Asian literature; post-9/11 literature; affect theory; and the relationship(s) between literary, visual, and digital media.
I am the PG/ECR Representative for the Postcolonial Studies Association.
- Postcolonial Feminism
- Middle Eastern, West Asian, and South Asian Literature
- Post-9/11 Literature
- Literary, Visual, and Digital Media
Recent and On-Going Research
My main area of research focuses on contemporary literary and visual media from the Middle East, West Asia, and South Asia. My doctoral research, which I am now adapting into my first monograph, focused on the representational politics of Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian women. In particular, I evaluate how different forms of literary, visual, digital, or hybrid media can be critically reworked to articulate West Asian female identities in ways which subvert, challenge, or protest hegemonic ideological and neo-imperial structures.
While completing my PhD, I worked on several publishing projects, and in 2018 I published my peer-reviewed article, “Capturing Iraq: Optical Focalization in Contemporary War Cinematography,” in Interventions, as well as a book chapter entitled “Writing Back and/as Activism: Refiguring Victimhood and Remapping the Shooting of Malala Yousafzai” in The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing.
I am currently in the process of co-editing an edited collection entitled Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory and Resistance, with my colleague Dr Ahmad Qabaha (An-Najah University, Palestine), which is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press. The collection is a response to how Palestinians have recently felt obliged to re-think memory and narration due to dynamic political and regional changes in the twenty-first century, prolonged spatial and temporal dispossession, and the continued deterioration of the peace process. It is an exciting project, which has provided me with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in the UK, Palestine, and Jordan, and will feature a chapter by myself on Susan Abulhawa’s novels.
I am also developing research projects on literary responses to the Hostile Environment and, relatedly, the subject of decolonising the curriculum in Higher Education.
- With Ahmad Qabaha, eds. Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory, Resistance. Liverpool UP. —Under Contract (Routledge)
- “Capturing Iraq: Optical Focalization in Contemporary War Cinematography.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 20, no. 4, 2018, pp. 470-87. DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2017.1421030.
- “Writing Back and/as Activism: Refiguring Victimhood and Remapping the Shooting of Malala Yousafzai.” The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing, edited by Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam, Routledge, 2018, pp. 172-81.
- “Mourning Mothers in Iran: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Grievability and Martyrdom.” Muslim Mothering: Local and Global Histories, Theories, and Practices, edited by M. Aziza Pappano and Dana M. Olwan, Demeter Press, 2016, pp. 69-90.
- “‘I can only get there now on the rafts of memories’: Palimpsestic and Genealogical Memories in Susan Abulhawa’s Novels.” Post-Millennial Palestine: Memory, Literature, and Resistance, edited by Rachel Fox and Ahmad Qabaha, Liverpool UP. —Forthcoming (collection under contract; submitted)
- With Ahmad Qabaha. “Introduction.” Post-Millennial Palestine: Memory, Literature, and Resistance, edited by Rachel Fox and Ahmad Qabaha, Liverpool UP. —Forthcoming (collection under contract; submitted)
I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.