I have been educated and worked in both Egypt and the UK. I acquired my undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1989 from the American University in Cairo. In 1993, I attained my first MA degree in Women's Studies from Exeter University. After a few years, I started my second MA in English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, under the supervision of Professor Ferial Ghazoul. My research focused on narratives of postcolonial cities including the work of such novelists as Salman Rushdie, Abdurrahman Munif, and Isabel Allende.
I was a Fellow at the Department of English and Comparative Literature and assistant at Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics at the American University in Cairo (1997-1999). I attained the second MA degree in 2002; and in 2003, I came to Manchester University to start my PhD research in Comparative and Postcolonial Literature under the supervision of Professor Terry Eagleton at the department of English and American Studies. My PhD dissertation is entitled 'Re-Cycling the Flâneur: The Image of the Narrator in Three Postcolonial Novels on the Cities of Cairo, Karachi, and Beirut'.
My research for the MA and PhD in Comparative Literature has focused on the changes and transformations of the city as represented in the postcolonial novel. I have worked on both postcolonial and Marxist theory and criticism and have studied novels written in both English and Arabic.
I attained my PhD degree in the summer of 2007; and from September 2007 to August 2011, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Modern Arab Cultural History at the department of Middle Eastern Studies, and was affiliated to the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW).
My postdoctoral research focused on the literary and cinematic representations of Beirut during and after the Lebanese civil war. In September 2011, I started my lectureship in Arabic and Comparative Literature, a post which I have held until the present.
I have sustained a track record of high-quality publications including an authored book, an edited volume, and many articles in refereed academic journals and book chapters. I have taken part in various public activities and debates about my research output, and was invited to speak at conferences and workshops at universities in the UK and overseas. I have organised numerous public events in Manchester (particularly film and literature events) and have established a strong network of academics, journalists, students and members of the general public who have spoken at these events.