Eid Ahmed Mohamed
Comparative Literature (Arabic-Western) Program
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Comparative
Literature. Dr. Mohamed’s commitments to interdisciplinary
and transnational approaches are reflected in his teaching record at a number
of Canadian, U.S., and Arab institutions including, the University of Guelph, the university of
Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, State University of New York in
Binghamton, Qatar University and now at the Doha Institute for
Mohamed’s work is located at the crossroads
of several areas of inquiry in American and Arab and Muslim studies, including
media studies, cultural analytics, anthropology of social change, and cultural
recent publications include a sole-authored book on American imagery in the
Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2015), a co-edited volume about the 2011 Egyptian
uprising and its aftermath (Indiana University Press, 2016), a co-edited
compilation about Arab education after the Arab Spring (Sense Publishers,
2016), and a co-edited volume on the negotiation of identity through language
and literature (Cambridge Scholars, 2014). He is currently working on a book manuscript
tentatively titled, From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park:
The Construction and Perception of Self and Other at Moments of Hope and Crisis, which examines the ways in
which cultural identity and collective action have been transformed by the
global uncertainty of both 9/11 and the Arab Spring.
Dr. Mohamed spearhead
multidisciplinary, collaborative work designed to advance scholarly research
about the history, culture and politics of the Middle East and beyond. He is
currently leading two major research projects that have received over 1.3
million USD worth of funding from the Qatar National Research Fund. The first, “Transcultural
Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab
Social Movements,” has already commenced
and was awarded $717,980.00 USD in funding. It investigates the interplay of
religion, culture and politics in the so-called Arab Spring by examining a wide
range of sociocultural forms—from political tracts, proclamations, and slogans
to essays, books, music, and visual and performance art, produced and circulated
on- and offline. It will result in the publication of an edited volume
tentatively titled, “Emergent Collectivities: The Transcultural Ethics of Arab
Social Movements” to be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018,
diverse academic articles and contributions in three special issues with New
Media and Society, Arab Studies Journal and International Journal
of Cultural Studies, roundtable discussions, and an online searchable
repository for future research. The second project, “The Computational Study of
Culture: Cultural Analytics for Modern Arab and Muslim Studies,” was recently awarded $501,766.00 USD in funding and builds upon
the first project. The objective of the project is to use Cultural Analytics (CA) approaches to
digitize and annotate the largest archive of machine-readable Arabic-language
texts from the nineteenth century to today.
- PhD American Studies, George Washington University; MA American Studies, George Washington University; MA Modern Literary Criticism, Minia University; BA English, Al-Azhar University
Arabic and English
transculturalism, orientalism and occidentalism, transnational American
studies, U.S.-Mideast cultural politics, film and media studies.
Dr. Mohamed is currently leading three major international and multi-institutional research projects: De-Centering American Studies: Understanding America from Abroad analyzes of circuits, gaps and sites of resistance within the digital humanities by considering the rhetorical production and representation of "America" within the Middle Eastern world and its diaspora. Computational Study of Culture: Cultural Analytics for Modern Arab and Islamic Studies similarly harnesses cultural analytic approaches to digitize machine-readable Arabic-language texts from the 19th century to today; while Transcultural Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab Social Movements archives contemporary Arab print and digital media to analyze the interplay of politics, religion, and culture in shaping Arabs' search for more stable governing models. All of these projects make a major contribution not only to Arab and Muslim socio-political and cultural studies, but also to North American studies that critically reevaluate the place of the West in relation to "the East," and vice versa. By applying a transcultural lens that highlights the critical fault lines in canonical, Western-centric concepts and theories, the projects also offer new insights into how we think about, for example, the public sphere, cultural identity, collective action, and political agency.
Arab cccidentalism, diaspora and transnational studies, Arab-American literature,
literature and social change in the Arab world, literature into film
- Framing Other Cultures: Euroamerican (Mis)Representations of the Middle East
- The Arab Spring: Cultural Dimensions of the Season of Change
- Arab Occidentalism
- Negotiating Identity in Modern Arabic Literature
- Media(ting) Otherness: Post-9/11 Arab Visual Representations of the U.S.
2016. Mohamed, Eid and Bessma Momani (eds) Tahrir Square and Beyond: Critical Perspectives On Politics, Law and Security. Indiana: Indiana University Press.
2016 Mohamed, Eid and Hannah Gerber (eds.) Education and the Arab Spring: Shifting Towards Democracy, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
2015. Mohamed, Eid. (2015) Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East. Author, London: I. B. Tauris
2014. Mohamed, Eid and Yasser Fouad. (2014) Author & Co-editor. Who Defines Me: Negotiating Identity in Language and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
2015. Mohamed, Eid and Bessma Momani. "The Muslim Brotherhood: Between Democracy, Ideology and Distrust," Sociology of Islam journal (Brill), Special Issue: Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond.
2014. Mohamed, Eid. "Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in Egyptian Fiction and Cinema," in Lubin, Alex, Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/ North Africa, Beirut: American University in Beirut Press.
2012. Mohamed, Eid. "Who Defines Me: Orientalism Revisited and Occidentalism Redefined in Post 9/11 Era" The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social sciences. Vol.5, No. 10.
2011. Mohamed, Eid. "Reel Bad Americans: US in Post 9/11 Arab Cinema," Published by Political Behavior: Cognition, Psychology, & Behavior eJournal, Vol 4, Issue 52.
2010. Mohamed, Eid. "Islamophobia: What Is in a Name? Analysis of US Press Coverage of the Term after 9/11" Islamonline.net, Contemporary Issues, Critique and Thought.