Carnegie Mellon University

Nevine Abraham

Nevine Abraham

Principal Lecturer of Arabic Studies

  • 341H
341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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. 


My 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.


  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

Department Member Since 2012