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Carol W.N. Fadda

Carol W.N. Fadda

Carol W.N. Fadda

Associate Professor




Women's and Gender Studies


LGBTQ Studies
Middle Eastern Studies

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Recent Undergraduate Courses:

  • ENG/WGS 192 Gender and Literary Texts
  • ENG 242 Reading and Interpretation
  • ENG 352/MES 300 Transnational Arab America
  • ENG 360/WGS 360/MES 300 Gender and Sexualities in the Arab World
  • ENG 350/QSX 300 Gender, Violence, and Sexualities in the “War on Terror”
  • ENG 410/MES 400 The Middle East in Graphic Novels
  • ENG 315 Narratives of Ethnicity and Race in a Comparative Framework
  • HNR 360 Understanding the Power of Place (co-taught with Professor Himika Bhattacharya)
  • ENG 360/730/WGS 400/600 Global Perspectives, Local Contexts: Women and Gender in the Arab World (Summer Study Abroad Course; co-taught with Professor Dana Olwan in Lebanon and Jordan)

Recent Graduate Courses:

  • ENG 630 Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • ENG 730 Comparative US Minority Literatures and Cultures
  • ENG 730 Beyond 9/11: Gendering War and Empire in the US Security State
  • ENG 730 Arab Americans Before and After 9/11
Biography and Research Interests

Carol W.N. Fadda grew up in Beirut, Lebanon where she earned her B.A. and M.A. from the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Ph.D. in contemporary American Literature. Her research interests in Arab and Muslim American Studies, American Studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and transnational studies interrogate structures, logics, and manifestations of US empire, militarization, and exceptionalism that determine the lives of racialized communities in the US and abroad. Her first book Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging (NYU Press, 2014) engages an array of Arab American literary and visual texts from the 1990s onwards that contest negative representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US. In it, Fadda emphasizes feminist, anti-assimilationist, and transnational modes of Arab American and Muslim American belonging that contest the conceived boundaries of the US nation-state and transform hegemonic forms of national membership and citizenship.

Her current book-length project, Carceral States and Dissident Citizenships: Narratives of Resistance in an Age of “Terror” highlights US global carceral practices by focusing on Arab and Muslim narratives and testimonials of incarceration and confinement coming out of the “War on Terror.” Her study extends to legal and historical documents, literary texts, visual documentation, and political discourse emerging from secret and extra-legal incarceration sites including the Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons.

She is the recipient of an NEH summer grant, a Future of Minority Studies Fellowship, and a Syracuse University Humanities Center Fellowship. Her essays on gender, race, ethnicity, war trauma, cross-racial solidarities, and transnational belonging have appeared in a variety of journals and edited collections.

She serves as the editor of the Critical Arab American Studies book series at Syracuse University Press.

Areas of Teaching and Supervision

Arab and Muslim American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, transnational American studies, transnational and diaspora studies, gender and sexuality studies, race and empire studies, US minority literatures and cultures, comparative race and ethnic studies, global Anglophone literatures and cultures.

Recent Publications

“Living in a Country that Does not Know Us.” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. 8.2 (2019):17-23.

“Arab, Asian, and Muslim Feminist Dissent: Responding to the “Global War on Terror” in Relational Frameworks.” Spec. issue of Amerasia: Arab/Americas: Locations and Iterations 44.1 (2018): 1-25.

Intersections of Arab American and Asian American Literature.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. New York: Oxford University Press. June 2019.

“The Poetics of Torture in Philip Metres’ Sand Opera.” Arab American Aesthetics. Ed. Therí Pickens. New York: Routledge, 2018. 12-28.

#IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus: Resource for Teaching & Learning about anti-Muslim Racism in the United States (2018). Prepared by: Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Arshad Ali, Evelyn Alsultany, Sohail Daulatzai, Lara Deeb, Carol Fadda, Zareena Grewal, Juliane Hammer, Nadine Naber, and Junaid Rana.

Rizkallah, Jess. “There is a Country to be Built: A Conversation with Jess Rizkallah, Winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.” Interview with Carol N. Fadda. Los Angeles Review of Books. April 14, 2017.

“Arab American Citizenship in Crisis: Destabilizing Representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US after 9/11.” Spec. issue of Modern Fiction Studies 57.3 (2011): 532-55. Rpt. in Narrating 9/11: Fantasies of State, Security, and Terrorism. Ed. John N. Duvall and Robert P. Marzec. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2015. 194-216.