Principal Lecturer of Arabic Studies
Education: Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Twentieth Century French Literature and Culture, M.A. Kent State University, French Literature, B.A. Faculté des Langues, Ain Shams University, Egypt.
BioMy collegiate teaching experience is in French and Arabic languages, literature, and cultures. I strive to connect my students to students in institutions in the SWANA region, including CMU-Q, with the goal to build intercultural competencies and learn about the social realities of the region. My research focuses on modern Coptic identity, contemporary Arab identity, film and censorship, and food politics. I have translated works by Arab poets and novelists, and my publications have appeared in Arab Studies Quarterly, Journal of African Cinema, and ArabLit Quarterly. I am co-editor of Critical Arts journal.
Areas of Interest
- Contemporary Arab Identity
- Coptic Identity
- Film and Censorship
- 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
Selected Awards and Honors
- Recipient of the Institute of International Education & The Aspen Institute's Stevens Initiative Harnessing Innovation Through Virtual Exchange (HIVE) Sub-Award (Spring 2018 to Fall 2019)
Selected Community, University, and Professional Service
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
CMU Arab Student Organization Advisor
- Volunteer at Jewish Family and Community Services in Pittsburgh
Abraham, Nevine and Michal Friedman. "Journeys into the Culinary Landscapes of Israel and Palestine: The Virtues of Co-Teaching on Conflict." Association for Jewish Studies Perspectives: Travel Issue. (forthcoming Spring 2022).
Abraham, Nevine. "Patriarchy, Subordination, and Rise of the Individual in Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men." Arab Studies Quarterly 43 (4). 2021.
Abraham, Nevine. "Egyptian Novelist Shady Lewis on Coptic Identity, Church-State Relations, and Citizenship." ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly. 2021.
"The Complexity of Belonging: Reflections of a Female Copt," ORIGINS, The Markaz Review, September 2021.
- Abraham, Nevine. "Censorship, Public Opinion, and the Representation of Coptic Minority in Contemporary Egyptian Cinema: The Case of Amr Salama’s Lamo’aķhza/Excuse My French (2014)." Journal of African Cinema 14(1). 2022 (forthcoming)