Mona Kareem

Mona Kareem

Assistant Professor of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton

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Mona Kareem (she/they) is an assistant professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests focus on literary cultures of race and ethnicity in the Global South, with an emphasis on Afro-Asian encounters in the Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf region. Her scholarship is comparative and interdisciplinary, crossing the bounds of Arab, South Asian, and African studies. Her articles have appeared in Arabian Humanities, Jadaliyya, Arab Studies Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common, among other publications.

Prior to joining Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Kareem was a visiting scholar at the Center for Humanities at Tufts University, the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University, the Arabic program at the University of Maryland College Park, and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship at Bard College, the Arab American National Museum, Poetry International, and Banff Center. She is an editor at The Massachusetts Review and a member of the West Asian forum executive committee of the Modern Languages Association. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Kareem is the author of three poetry collections, and the translator of Octavia Butler, Ashraf Fayadh, Ra’ad Abdulqadir, among others. Her poetry appeared in POETRY, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry London, Modern Poetry in Translation, among others.

Selected articles and essays:

“Rap or Trap: The Khaliji Migrant Finds his Aesthetic,” Arabian Humanities, Spring 2021

“Western Poets Kidnap Your Poems and Call Them Translations: On the Colonial Phenomenon of Bridge-Translation.” in Violent Phenomenon: 21 Essays on Translation, eds. Kavita Bhanot and Jeremy Tiang (Tilted Axis Press, 2022)

“Mapping Exile: A Writer’s Story of Growing Up Stateless in Post-Gulf War Kuwait,” The Common + Literary Hub. Oct 2021

“Arabic Literature and the African Other,” Africa is a Country. May 2019

Selected poetry:

I Will Not Fold These Maps (trans. Sara Elkamel). World Poets’ Series. London, Spring 2023

“Nights.” POETRY. May 2023

“The National Library,” Northwest Review, Winter 2023

“The Return,” The Yale Review, May 2023

“Hope Dissidents,” Guernica, May 2022