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Hanan Al-Alawi

Hanan Al-Alawi

Dual PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


  1. MA Institution: Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Kuwait University
  2. BA Institution: English Literature, Kuwait University


Hanan Al-Alawi is a second-year dual-title PhD student in Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research explores the literary and cultural production of twentieth and twenty-first century dispossessed minorities in the Arabian Gulf and Peninsula. It interrogates the authority of the archive and its historical production of knowledge by examining how disenfranchised communities in Kuwait, Iran, and Iraq, problematize normative identities, geopolitical borders, and romanticized narratives of nationhood. She works with Arabic, Farsi, and English. 

Research Interests:

• Arabic and Persian Literature, Criticism, and Culture
• Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

• Memory and Trauma Studies

• Embodiment/disembodiment and Affect
• Postcolonial Studies
• Modernism and Postmodernism
• Gulf and Middle Eastern Studies

Teaching Experience:

CMLIT 10: Introduction to World Literature (Spring 2020)