Eid Ahmed Mohamed
Assistant Professor
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 Graduate Studies.

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 studies. His 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. 

 

Education 

- PhD American Studies, George Washington University; MA American Studies, George Washington University; MA Modern Literary Criticism, Minia University; BA English, Al-Azhar University

Languages 

Arabic and English​

Research Interests 

comparative literature, transculturalism, orientalism and occidentalism, transnational American studies, U.S.-Mideast cultural politics, film and media studies.​

Current Research

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.

 

Teaching Int​erests

​American orientalism, Arab cccidentalism, diaspora and transnational studies, Arab-American literature, literature and social change in the Arab world, literature into film

Taught Courses 
  1. Framing Other Cultures: Euroamerican (Mis)Representations of the Middle East
  2. The Arab Spring: Cultural Dimensions of the Season of Change
  3. Arab Occidentalism
  4. Negotiating Identity in Modern Arabic Literature
  5. Media(ting) Otherness: Post-9/11 Arab Visual Representations of the U.S.

Books

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.

Email: ​​​eid.mohamed@dohainstitute.edu.qa

Tel: +974 40356917

Mail Address

Eid Mohamed 

Doha Institute for Gradute Studies 

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar