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Andrea Khalil
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 718-997-5684
Research Interests: Literature and Film from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, Postcolonial studies, Twentieth Century French Literature, Modern Painting of North Africa and Middle East


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, French Language and Literatures
  • M.A. Harvard University, French Language and Literatures



  • Spring semester 2022:  Germaine Tillon Chair Research Fellow, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research (IMéRA), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
  • Fulbright Scholar, Tunisia 2012-2013.

  • Mellon Fellowship for Mid-Career faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Selected articles:

  • “The Political Crowd: Theorizing Popular Revolt in North Africa”, in Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Springer. 2012. Peer reviewed.
  • “On Algerian Civil Society and the Prohibition of Assembly”, January 30, 2013, in Jadaliyya.
  • “The Language of the Political Crowd in Tunisia”, Article Solicited by SSRC, Social Science Research Council. December 19, 2012.
  • “Amid Chants of 'Free Libya, Terrorists Out,' a Nation at a Crossroads”, Op Ed, Wall Street Journal Monday, September, 17, 2012. Reported from Benghazi, Libya and co-authored with Jason Pack of Cambridge University.
  • “Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population and Government”, September 25, 2012, in Jadaliyya.
  • “Rescue Benghazi Friday”, co-authored with Malak Bouod. September 26, 2012 in Jadaliyya.
  • “Tunisia’s Women: Partners in Revolution”, Forthcoming chapter in The Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring, London: Routledge Press. Peer reviewed.
  • "Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population, and Government." Jadaliyya. 25 September 2012.
  • Published Article: (2011) "The Political Crowd: Theorizing Popular Revolt in North Africa", in Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life.
  • “Abdelkebir Khatibi,” Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East. Thomson Gale Publishers, 2007.
  • “Women, Gender and Women’s Fiction Writers: North Africa,” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.
  • “A Writing in Points: Autobiography and the Poetics of the Tattoo”, The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, Volume 8, No. 2, summer 2003.
  • “Another Image of Tunisia: A Film Short Trilogy by Moncef Dhouib” in The Journal of North African Studies, Frank Cass Publishers, volume 7, number 2, summer 2002.
  • “Images that Come out at Night: Moncef Dhouib” in CELAAN Journal "Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord” special issue “Cinéma Maghrébin/Maghrebian Cinema” vol.1, n.1, summer 2002.
  • “Affect and Ruin in Assia Djebar’s ”Vaste est la prison” in ALIF journal of Comparative Poetics, volume 20, “The Hybrid Literary Text: Arab Creative Authors Writing in Foreign Languages”. Cairo, Egypt. Spring 2000.
  • “The Myth of the False: Ramses Younan and post-structuralism avant la lettre”, in The Arab Studies Journal, “Language and Culture in the Arab World”, Washington DC, winter 2000.
  • “The Suture: Tahar Ben Jelloun’s La Prière de l’absent”, in LittéRéalité “Diaspora Maghrébine”, University of York, Toronto Winter 2000.
  • “Returning and the Body in Abdelwahab Meddeb’s Talismano” in Itineraires, volume 27, “Nouvelles approaches des texts littéraires maghrébins ou migrants”. Paris: Harmattan, fall 1999.
  • Translation of “Sociologie et Identité en Egypte et au Maroc: Le travail de deuil de la colonisation”, by Alain Roussillon, for Cambridge History of Social Sciences. Issue: “The Internationalization of the Social Sciences”, 1998.

Edited Volume:

  • Editor of Special Issue of The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 12, No. 3, September, 2007): “Through the Lens of Diaspora: North African Cinema in a Global Context”. Author of article: “The Myth of Masculinity in the Films of Merzak Allouache”, (30pp); Author of Introduction.

Professional Activities:

  • co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of North African Studies. 

  • Member of Mellon Interdisciplinary Committee for the Study of Religion
  • Board of Directors and Program Officer, American Institute for Maghreb Studies, 2009-present
  • Faculty Fellow (2008-2009) “Great Issues Forum: Power in the Contemporary World” at The Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored jointly by the Chancellor’s Office and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Member of the Faculty of Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Director of the ‘Centre d’études maghrébines à Tunis’ (CEMAT) (Center for Maghreb Studies), Tunis, Tunisia (October 2001-October 2002).