Yasmeen Hanoosh

Associate Professor of Arabic

Dr. Hanoosh received her Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature from The University of Michigan (2008). She specializes in Iraqi literature and Arabic literary translation. Her English translations of Arabic fiction have appeared in various literary journals and publications, including World Literature Today, Banipal, and The Iowa Review. Dr. Hanoosh’s translation Closing His Eyes (Abbas), received an NEA translation fellowship in 2010, and her translation of Scattered Crumbs (al-Ramli) won the Arkansas Arabic Translation Prize in 2002, and has been since excerpted in a number of publications and anthologized in Literature from the Axis of Evil: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Other Enemy Nations (2006). Dr. Hanoosh’s teaching interests include modern Arabic fiction, Arab cinema, the politics of minority in the Middle East, and Applied Arabic literary translation. Her current research projects focus on the contemporary intellectual scene of southern Iraq. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Hanoosh has been teaching the Arabic language for several years. Before coming to PSU she taught at the University of Michigan (2002-2009), al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (2003, 2005); The American University in Beirut, Lebanon (2004); The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (2003); and Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA (2007-2008).

Recent publications:

“Unnatural Narratives and Transgressing the Normative Discourses of Iraqi History: Translating Murtedha Gzar’s al-Sayyid Asghar Akbar.” Journal of Arabic Literature, Brill Publishing, 44 (2013) 145-170.

“Contempt: State Literati vs. Street Literati in Modern Iraq” Journal of Arabic Literature, Brill Publishing, 42-43 (2012) 372-408.

“Fighting our Own Battles: Iraqi Chaldeans and the War on Terror” in Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade. Abraham, Nabeel; Howell, Sally, and Shryock, Andrew (eds.), Wayne State University Press, 2011. Pages126-150.

“Tomorrow They Write their Story: Chaldeans in America and the Transforming Narrative of Identities” in Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature, Layla Al Maleh (ed.), Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam-New York, 2009. Pages 395-420.

“Chaldeans in America: the Shifting Spaces of an Iraqi Minority’s Discourses” Journal of Associated Graduates in Near Eastern Studies (JAGNES), University of California, Berkeley, Vol. VI, No. 2, Spring 2006. Pages 43-57.

  • Ph.D.
    The University of Michigan