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Christopher Stone (10-11)

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. It is currently being translated into Arabic by Egypt's National Translation Center. In the spring of 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt where he started his current project on Egyptian Cinema. Another current project is the translation of Palestinian Literature. He has recently translated stories by Adania Shibli and Najwan Darwish, one of which can be read here, as well as a selection from Muin Bseiso's Prison Memoirs. In the summer of 2011 he spent 10 days in Egypt conducting interviews with Egyptian writers about recent revolutionary events. You can read his interview with Mohamed Salah al-Azab here. He is also interested in Arabic pedagogy. He has spent two recent summers co-facilitating NMELRC Arabic teacher training workshops with Mahmoud al-Batal at The University of Texas in Austin.He will be on sabbatical in 2013. For the first 6 months of that year he will be conducting research on el-Sheikh Imam on a National Endowment for the Humanities American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Fellowship.

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Alexander 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 research interests cut across the Middle East and North Africa, and include Arabic and Hebrew literature from the pre-Islamic to the modern period. 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 projects dealing with fourteenth century Granada and Fez (stemming from research conducted with a Fulbright fellowship in 2010), he is currently researching changing writing practices in Morocco, specifically the use of Moroccan colloquial Arabic in novels, shorts stories, translation, and journalistic writing.


Ibtissem Meliani
Office: 1430 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4050

Adjunct Instructor Ibtissem Meliani is a native Tunisian. She received her B.A in English Literature from the University of Tunis in 2003. After that she taught English to different levels for few years while she was a graduate student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Manouba in Tunis. Ibtissem left Tunisia in 2006 when she received a Fulbright scholarship to teach Arabic at the College of Cooper Union. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she taught Arabic with the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) team in Tunisia. She is currently writing her thesis about Caribbean Literature while teaching Arabic and an Arabic Literature class at Hunter College and at the College of Staten Island. Ibtissem's research interests include Arab-American writers and literature, postcolonial literature and African American Literature.


Anna Serio
Office: 1430 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4050

Anna Serio is a volunteer assistant to the Arabic Language Program at Hunter College. She recently received a B.A. in English with a minor in Arabic from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. In 2011, she spent a month studying Egyptian Language and Culture in Cairo, as well as a semester in Lebanon, at the American University of Beirut. She has worked with the Global Language Project since October 2011, teaching and organizing a K-5 Arabic curriculum for public schools in New York City. She intends to pursue an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Intellectual History in the very near future.


Khaled Al-Hilli
Office: 1430 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4050

Adjunct Instructor Khaled Al-Hilli is a PhD student in the Graduate Center's Comparative Literature program. He has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Teaching Second Languages. Born in Iraq, Khaled lived, studied and worked in several places including Manchester, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut and Riyadh. Prior to joining the Graduate Center and teaching at Hunter College, he taught extensively in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia at both college and high school levels. He has also worked with various Iraqi news outlets and has subtitled/translated documentary films dealing with current social and political issues. His research interests include Arabic political literature, prison literature and literature in the Diaspora, and he has also written on the emergence of political hip hop in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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