Carnegie Mellon University

Nevine Abraham

Nevine Abraham

Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic Studies

  • 341G
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 research focuses on literary and cultural studies in the Middle East and North Africa and examines citizenship, civil rights, the entanglement of minority groups in the national and religious discourses, cinematic representation, and censorship. I am co-editor of Critical Arts Journal.

In teaching language, literary, and cultural courses, I strive to build my students' intercultural competence by engaging them in dialogue with students in Arab countries to help them succeed in today's interconnected global world and have a grasp of the social realities of the region.

  • 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 to 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

  • CMU Arab Student Organization Advisor

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

Department Member Since 2012