Nadine Sinno

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Nadine Sinno, an assistant professor of Arabic in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Sinno’s research interests include modern Arabic literature and cultural studies, literary translation, and transnational feminisms. Her scholarship explores topics including madness, imprisonment, and violence in Arab women’s fiction; the impact of war on the environment; humor as subversive resistance; and the intersection of writing, war, and technology in contemporary war diaries by Arab women.

Her work has appeared in The Journal of Arabic Literature, The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Arab Studies Quarterly.

Her publications also include a translation of Nazik Saba Yared's novel “Canceled Memories” (Syracuse University Press, 2009) and a co-translation of Rashid al-Daif’s novel “Who’s Afraid of Meryl Streep?” (University of Texas Press, 2014) from Arabic to English. “Canceled Memories” explores the challenges of civilians living in war-torn Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War, while “Who’s Afraid of Meryl Streep?” deals with issues of gender, sexuality and modernity in Lebanon.

Sinnohas also co-authored an online Lebanese textbook titled “Haki bil-Libnani: Lebanese Arabic Online Textbook and Companion Website to Al-kitaab Part One” (Georgetown University Press, 2014). “Haki bil-Libnani” provides students of Arabic with an opportunity to acquire substantial and systematic proficiency in Lebanese dialect and culture.

Sinno has presented her research at the annual conventions of the Modern Language Association, Middle East Studies Association, and American Comparative Literature Association, among others. She has been invited as a guest or keynote speaker at universities including the University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, and Young Harris College.

Sinno holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and cultural studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree in literary translation from the University of Arkansas, as well as a master's degree and bachelor's degree in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. She currently teaches Arabic language and literature courses and directs the Arabic program.


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