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Full-Time Faculty 


Elinson newAlexander Elinson
Office: 1304 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-5044
Elinson Publications 



Alexander Elinson, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature and Director of the Hunter College Summer Arabic Program, received his M.A. (1998) from the University of Washington in Seattle, and Ph.D. (2004) in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. His book entitled Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature is published by Brill. Professor Elinson has published articles, reviews and translations on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic poem (zajal and muwashshah), rhymed prose narrative (maqama), and modern Arabic poetry and narrative in numerous peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his scholarly work, he is also a literary translator. His translation of Youssef Fadel’s novel A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me is published by Hoopoe, an imprint of the American University in Cairo Press. His translation of the short story “Derb Sidi Bouloukat: a noisy disappearance in an ill-reputed alley” by Allal Bourqia will appear in a collection entitled Marrakech Noir, edited by Yassin Adnan, forthcoming from Akashic Books. He is currently working on two more translations: Farah by Youssef Fadel and Hot Maroc by Yassin Adnan.


Christopher Stone
Office: 1303 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 650-3138
Stone Publications

Christopher Stone is Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Program. He received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where he specialized in Arabic language, literature and culture. His dissertation received the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award for the Humanities from the Middle East Studies Association in 2003, and the book based on it -- Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: Fairouz and the Rahbani Nation -- was a Middle East Report Editor's Pick. In the spring of 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt where he started his current project on Egyptian popular culture, a project he continued as an NEH Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt in 2013. He is currently working on several literary translation projects as well.  He is currently the Literature book review editor at The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).

Part-Time Faculty


Hager Abouelkhair
Office:  1430 Hunter West


Hager Abouelkhair is an adjunct lecturer of Arabic at Hunter College.  Over the course of thirteen years, she has taught and developed curricula for beginner, intermediate and advanced Arabic as well as Arab civilization classes.  She has taught both heritage and non-heritage speakers of Arabic at various CUNY colleges.  Hager has an MA in International Affairs from Brooklyn College, CUNY with concentration in media and politics in the Middle East. She received her first BA in Literature from Cairo University and a second degree from Hunter College, where she majored in media studies and minored in English. 

Khaled Al Hilli
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Khaled Al Hilli is a Ph.D. student in the department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center. Originally from Iraq, he taught and lived in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, among other places. His research interest includes the development of the Arabic novel, contemporary Iraqi fiction and the politics of translation. He has written reviews and translations, most recently a translation of a short story by the Iraqi writer Ghaib Tuma Farman.  


Deeadra Brown
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Deeadra Brown is an Adjunct Lecturer in literature and writing at Hunter and City College. She has taught Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, and Arab-American literature classes. She also has extensive experience teaching writing intensive courses in specialized areas such as the sciences and social sciences.  She has an MFA in creative writing from City College, CUNY, and her thesis is a novel in progress. Her photos, poetry, and book and film reviews have appeared in journals and other publications. Currently, she is working on an article about Palestinian film and literature.


Elisabeth Jaquette
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Elisabeth Jaquette is an Adjunct Instructor of Arabic translation. She has an MA from Columbia University, a BA from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She received an English PEN Translates Award for her translation The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz, and a PEN/Heim Translation Grant for her translation of Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun. Her shorter works have appeared in several anthologies, as well as in The New York Times, the Guardian, and other publications. Forthcoming translations include The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher and The Frightened by Dima Wannous. She is also managing director of the American Literary Translators Association. 


Hajara Masood
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Hajara Masood is an Adjunct Instructor of Arabic and 2016 graduate of Hunter College, where she majored in Religion and minored in Arabic, Asian-American Studies, and Math. In the summer of 2016, she studied Modern Standard Arabic at the advanced level in Ibri, Oman through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). She is currently doing her MA in Near Eastern Studies at NYU where her many research interests include sociolinguistics, Arab and Asian American identity formation, and language pedagogy.


Amine Mechaal
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Amine Mechaal is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at Hunter's Arabic program for the 2017-18 academic year. He is from Meknes, Morrocco. He is a Translator-trainee and a Master's student (Arabic - English - and French) at King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier, Morocco. Amine holds a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Mohamed V University, L’école Normale Supérieure in Rabat, and an Associated Degree in Arts and Humanities from Moulay Ismail University in Meknes.  He is also the co-founder and managing partner of the English language institute "House of Words" in Morocco.


Kate Wilson
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Adjunct Assistant Professor Kate C. Wilson studies aspects of Arabic Theatre beyond the dramatic text, alongside her other main subject of  book history (viewing documents, especially playscripts, as material artifacts). A former playwright and theatre artist, with a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from CUNY, she has conducted fieldwork in Jordan on performance festivals and theatre with communities (known as "applied theatre," "theatre for social change," and other terms).  She teaches the Arabic program's Arab Theater class. 


Affiliated Faculty


Anna Akasoy
Office: 1321 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4960

Anna Akasoy is Professor of Islamic intellectual history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She teaches classes on Islamic intellectual history and the history, literature and culture of the Islamic world. Her research interests include the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the relationship between mysticism and philosophy, as well as contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. Her current research projects include a study of the religious dimension of Alexander the Great in the Islamic tradition within the larger context of the classical heritage of the Middle East and Asia. Her publications include Philosophie und Mystik in der späten Almohadenzeit. Die Sizilianischen Fragen des Ibn Sabʿīn (Leiden: Brill, 2006); Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (London: The Warburg Institute, 2013); Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, Edited with Guido Giglioni (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013); Islam and Tibet. Interactions along the Musk Routes, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010); ‘Are we Speaking the Same Language? Translating Truths across Intellectual Traditions in al-Andalus’, in Knut-Martin Stünkel and Görge Hasselhoff (eds), Transcending Words. The Language of Religious Contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Premodern Times (Bochum, 2015), 43-54; ‘Was Ibn Rushd an Averroist? The Problem, the Debate, and its Philosophical Implications’, in Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni (eds), Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath (Dordrecht, 2013), 321-347; ‘The Buddha and the Straight Path. Rashīd al-Dīn’s Life of the Buddha: Islamic Perspectives’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, 173-196; ‘Al-Ghazālī, Ramon Llull and Religionswissenschaft’, in The Muslim World 102 (2012), 33-59; ‘What is Philosophical Sufism?’, in Peter Adamson (ed.), In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century (London, 2011), 229-249; ‘Ibn Sīnā in the Arab West: the Testimony of an Andalusian Sufi’, in Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 21 (2010), 287-312; ‘Tibet in Islamic Geography and Cartography: A Survey of Arabic and Persian Sources’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions, 17-41; ‘Convivencia and its Discontents: Interfaith Life in al-Andalus’, in International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010), 489-499; ‘Alexander in the Himalayas: Competing Imperial Legacies in Medieval Islamic History and Literature’, in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 72 (2009), 1-20.

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