Professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University. Has published a number of studies on English literature, Egyptian colloquial poetry, sub-Saharan African literature, comparative literature, cultural theory, and translation. Author of The Conflict of Voices in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus and Maḥmūd Darwīsh. (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2004).
Her most recent research is on “The Role of New Media in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011: Visuality as an Agent of Change,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook (New York, Routledge, forthcoming 2012). Has some published literary translations from and into into English and Arabic, among which are a translation of Ahmad Bakhiet’s Laila: The Honey of Solitude into English (published by Zaweil Publications, Cairo, 1999) and a translation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club into Arabic (published by Azminah, Amman, Jordan, 2007). She has been fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and visiting Professor at Freie Universitaet zu Berlin-Germany and the Jagiellonian University of Krakow-Poland