Shir Alon

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Asian & Middle Eastern Studies .
220 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2017.
  • B.A.: Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2010.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Modern Arabic Language and Literature
  • literary theory
  • Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Postcolonial Theory and Criticism;
  • Gender and Feminism
Courses Taught
  • Petrofictions: Oil and Culture in the Middle East
  • Arab Feminisms
  • Djinn and Ghosts in Modern Arabic Literature
  • Kedma! Hebrew Literature Facing the Orient
  • Minoritization: Middle East and South Asia
Research & Professional Activities


  • STATIC: Middle Eastern Literature Writing the Present: book manuscript in progress
  • Future Imperfect: Fictions and Logics of Security in the Middle East: book manuscript in progress
  • Alon, Shir. "No One to See Here: Genres of Neutralization and the Ongoing Nakba,” ." Arab Studies Journal 27 (2019): 92-119.
  • Alon, Shir. "Gendering the Arab-Jew: Feminism and Jewish Studies After Ella Shohat." Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society 24 (2019): 57–73. Link
  • Alon, Shir. "Neoliberal Riskscapes and Preemptive Poetics in Orly Castel-Bloom’s Dolly City." Comparative Literature 71 (2019): 1-18. Link