I teach classical Arabic literature at the American University in Cairo in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. In my teaching and research, I present an array of the topics, genres, tastes, and opinions found in the rich corpus of Arabic literature, but I'm particularly interested in literary representations of difference and marginality (including time, sexuality, age, ethnicity, language, etc.) My current research is devoted to literary production during the long neglected Mamluk and Ottoman periods of Arab history (from roughly the mid-13th century to the early 19th century). I am also interested in the history of Persian and Ottoman Turkish poetry, especially with regard to their interactions with the Arabic literary tradition.
My first monograph, How Do You Say "Epigram" in Arabic?, will be published by Brill in early 2017 and I'm currently at work on two other books (1) a study of sexual violence in classical Arabic literature and (2) a history of Arabic poetry anthologies.
I'm also a literary translator and have translated four novels from Arabic into English.