• BA from Université de Manouba Tunisia (1997)
  • MA  from Université de Montréal, Québec (1999)
  • Ph.D. from Université de Montréal, Québec (2004)



Articles/Book Chapters


  • Review of Akher film/Making-Of by Nouri Bouzid, Farafina 15 (2008),“Remapping Africanness” special issue.
  • Review of De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage, International Fiction Review 34.1&2 (2007): 196-98.
  • Review of Symbolic Loss: The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century’s End by Peter Homans. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 10.2 (2005): 225-28.
  • Review of Eros in Mourning by Henry Staten. Cultural Critique 61 (2005): 224-230.
  • Review of The Work of Mourning, by Jacques Derrida. SubStance 32.1 (2003): 150-155


Field of Interest

He teaches and researches in the intersecting fields of modern and contemporary multilingual Arab literatures and cultures of North Africa and the Middle East; Arab popular music and film; comparative ethnic, Muslim and Arab diasporas studies, namely in Euro-Americas; and postcolonial and modernist comparative cultural studies. He is open to doctoral projects in any of the above and other related fields, but welcomes in particular those that seek to elaborate new approaches to the relations between the poetics and the politics of literatures and cultures.


  • Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • University of Michigan, Dearborn,
  • UCLA (2007-currently), holding joint appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


  •   Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship
  •   Rackham Faculty Research Grant from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.