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Nada Ayad is Assistant Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union. Her research interests lie in modern and contemporary Arabic literature, women of color feminisms, theories and literatures of decolonization, and translation studies. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Translation Review, and in the edited volume Text, Context & Politics Intersections in Translation. Her article “The Ambivalence of Revolutionary Cleaning in Mona Prince’s My Name is Revolution” is forthcoming. Currently she is working on her book project, tentatively titled Domesticating the Revolution in Egyptian Women’s Political Texts.
Nada’s other passion is translation. She has translated from the French “It’s about Dignity,” a personal account of a university student’s involvement in the Arab Spring in Morocco, which appeared in the edited volume Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions. She also collaborated with the creative team at the Sawt project on a documentary film by translating from the Egyptian Arabic dialect interviews of Egyptian women’s reactions to the 2011 Revolution. At the moment, she is working on a translation project involving the works of two Egyptian revolutionaries who launched the 1919 Revolution and the Egyptian Feminist Movement.
Geographic Areas of Interest
Modern Arabic Literature
| Comparative Literature
| University of Southern California
Between Mudhakirati and Harem Years: A Story of Movement
South-South Triangulations in Latifa al-Zayyat’s The Open Door and Leila Abouleila’s Lyrics Alley
Troubling Time(s): Excavations, Evacuations, and Futurity in Ahdaf Soueif's In the Eye of the Sun
The Womb as Resistance