Carnegie Mellon University

Nevine Abraham

Nevine Abraham

Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic Studies

  • POS 341G
Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics
4980 Margaret Morrison St
Posner Hall 341
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Ph.D., Twentieth Century French Literature and Culture, The Ohio State University
M.A., French Literature, Kent State University
B.A., Faculté des Langues, Ain Shams University, Egypt


I joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 as a French instructor but soon became engaged in developing the Arabic program. My faculty teaching position started in fall 2022. Throughout my involvement in the Arabic program at CMU, my teaching experience has focused on the Arabic language and Arab literature and culture. I developed a first-semester online Arabic course that teaches the Arabic writing system, modern standard Arabic, the Egyptian and Levantine dialects and Arab culture. 

My research draws on my teaching to build my students' intercultural competence. It focuses on literary and cultural studies and examines minorities in the intellectual, social and political history of the Middle East and North Africa. 

  • Coptic and contemporary Arab identity
  • Human and minority rights
  • Arabic literature, citizenship
  • Cinema studies and censorship
  • Palestinian studies
  • Food politics
  • Introduction to French Culture
  • Elementary through Advanced Arabic
  • Arab Culture Through Dialogue, Film and Literature
  • Understanding Cultural Complexities: Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Dietrich College Grand Challenge First-Year Seminar: Palestinian and Israeli Food Cultures
  • Recipient of the Institute of International Education & The Aspen Institute's Stevens Initiative Harnessing Innovation Through Virtual Exchange (HIVE) Sub-Award, Spring 2018–Fall 2019
  • Recipient of The Simon Initiative Seeds Grant, 2023
  • Translation of City of Asylum resident RaMa’s short story “Love is the Essence of Life” and short poems "Scream of Liberation" and "A Vast Void,” Summer 2021

  • Volunteer at Jewish Family and Community Services in Pittsburgh and The Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education Academy

Department Member Since 2012