Adey Almohsen

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"Nation-Writing and Canon-Making: An Intellectual History of Palestinian Critiques in/of Exile 1948-67"

In my PhD thesis, I offer the first comprehensive study of critical writing traditions in the Arab East, with a particular focus on Palestinian contributions in literary and poetry criticism (naqd al-adab wa ash-shi'r), cultural critique (an-naqd ath-thaqafi), and critiques of critique (naqd an-naqd) after 1948. In this intellectual history, I explore in particular the relation fixing writing and politics in the post-war Arab East and argue that nations are not simply written but are likewise canonized.

My research received generous support from institutions in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Over a period of 18 months, I visited official and unofficial archival sites in Beirut and Amman and had the privilege of interviewing the foremost of Palestinian and Arab intellectuals.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States, In progress.
  • MA: History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States, 2014.
  • BA (High Honours): Political Science and Religion, Minor in History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2012.
  • Coursework in Industrial Engineering: Jordanian University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 2004-6.


  • Intellectual History of the Arab Left
  • Radical and Secular Thought in the Middle East
  • Cultures and Literatures of Nationalism
  • Modern Poetry and Poetics in the Arab East
  • Palestinian Literature, Poetry, and Art
  • Marxism, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism
  • Mediology, Theories of Culture and Media
  • Political, Social, and Economic Thought
  • Politcal Economy, History of Capitalism
Courses Taught
  • HIST 3412 - Summer 2018: A Global History of Soccer: Sports, Culture, and Politics (Instructor)
  • HIST 3412 - Fall 2017: Soccer: History around the World (Teaching Assistant)
  • HIST 3265 - Spring 2016: History of Twentieth Century Russia (Teaching Assistant)
  • JWST/HIST 3729 - Spring 2016: Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe (Teaching Assistant)
  • HIST 3412 - Spring 2015: Soccer: History around the World (Teaching Assistant)
  • OLLI 13052 - Winter 2015: A Survey in Modern Political Thought 1500-1900 (Instructor)
  • HIST 1301W - Fall 2014: Authority and Rebellion: American History to 1865 (Teaching Assistant)
  • GLOS 3942 - Spring 2014: History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics (Teaching Assistant)
  • OLLI 22035 - Winter 2014: The History and Culture of the Levant (Instructor)
  • HIST 3505 - Fall 2013: Survey of the Modern Middle East (Teaching Assistant)
  • SOC 3801 - Spring 2013: Sociological Research Methods (Teaching Assisstant)
  • POL 1201W - Fall 2012: Political Ideas and Ideologies (Teaching Assistant)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Member: American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Officer: History Graduate Association, University of Minnesota
  • Member: American Political Science Association (APSA)


  • Research Fellow: Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) - Ramallah/Washington, 2017-8
  • Research Affiliate: Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon, 2017, 2018
  • Doctoral Fellow: German Oriental Institute (OIB) - Beirut, Lebanon, 2017
  • Research Affiliate: Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) - Beirut, Lebanon, 2017
  • Dissertation Fellow: Darat al-Funun, Khaled Shoman Foundation - Amman, Jordan, 2016
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2018 - 2019
  • Theresa and Nathan Berman & Leo and Lillian Gross Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Partnership for Affordable Content Grant, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2018
  • PARC Fellowship in Palestinian Studies, Palestinian American Research Center, 2017-8
  • Max Weber Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Orient Institute, Beirut, Lebanon, 2017
  • Dissertation Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, Darat al-Funun, Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan, 2016
  • JWG Dunn Jr. Scholarship for Research on International Peace, Institute for Global Studies, 2016
  • International Thesis Travel Research Grant, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Culture Corps Award, International Student & Scholar Services, University of Minnesota, 2014 & 2015
  • David and Rosemary Good Fellowship in Economic History, University of Minnesota, 2012-3