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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 and Head of the Arabic Program. He received his M.A. (1998) from the University of Washington in Seattle, andPh.D. (2004) in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He is the author of Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature as well as 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 translations include A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me and A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me by Youssef Fadel, and Hot Maroc by Yassin Adnan. His translation of Khadija Marouazi's Biography of Ash will be published in 2022.


Christopher Stone
Office: 1303 Hunter West
Stone Publications

Christopher Stone is Associate Professor of Arabic. 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 the Literature book review editor at The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES). Professor Stone will be on sabbatical for the fall 2020 and 2021 semesters.


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 CUNY 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

Deeadra Brown
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Deeadra Brown is an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College in literature and writing. She has taught Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, and Arab-American literature classes. She has extensive experience teaching writing intensive courses in specialized areas such as the sciences and social sciences and has an MFA in creative writing from City College, CUNY. Her photos, poetry, and book and film reviews have appeared in journals and publications.



Hajara MasoodHajara Masood
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Hajara Masood is an adjunct Instructor of Arabic and recent graduate of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowship at the American University of Cairo. She holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies at NYU. Her research focuses on sociolinguistics, Arab and Asian American identity formation, and language pedagogy. A Hunter College alumna of Religion and minors in Arabic, Asian-American Studies, and Math, Hajara completed Hunter's Arabic course in "Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language" under Dr. Hassan Eddahabi before going on to study at the Noor Majan Training Institute in Ibri, Oman through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) in 2016. A native New Yorker of Pakistani descent, she has traveled and lived (and eaten mansaf) across the Middle East--Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, and Palestine -- and hopes to visit more countries in the near future.



Fatima TariqFatima Tariq
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Fatima Tariq is an adjunct Instructor of Arabic and recent graduate of NYU's master's program in Near Eastern Studies.
She is a 2019 alumna of Hunter College, where she majored in English Literature and Arabic. During her time at Hunter, she was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship for Arabic study in Morocco. Her trip inspired her undergraduate thesis, English as the New French: Nation-State Building and Language as Capital in Morocco, which was published in the 2019 edition of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal. Fatima's academic training is as a linguistic anthropologist. A native New Yorker who is also fluent in Punjabi and Urdu, she has long been curious about language and language ideologies. She is also very interested in the study of decolonial thought, lived Islam, Arabic pedagogy, and Arabic to English literary translation.



Kate Wilson
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Adjunct Assistant Professor Kate C. Wilson brings experience in professional theatre, an MFA in playwriting, and a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies to her Hunter courses in Arabic Theatre, Film, and Women's Culture (in translation).   Her academic research explores aspects of Arabic and Arab-American theatre and performance, including popular comedy,  theatre for youth & communities, and folk dance.  She has taught Palestinian Literature, anthropology of performance, and writing in other universities.




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