Professor of Arabic Literature
PhD, Arabic Literature, University of Michigan, 1972
The Arab East and North Africa
Literature of the Arab Diaspora
Mass Media in the Arab World
Professor of Arabic Literature, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, American University in Cairo
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Member, Middle East Studies Association
Member, American Research Center in Egypt
Member and former President, American Association of Teachers of Arabic
Former Vice President, Egyptian American Professional Society
Served on numerous editorial boards including IJMES, Al-Arabiyya, and Ibdaa
Seen and Heard: A Century of Women in Literature and Culture. Boston: Interlink, 2004.
Dirasat fi al Qissa al Qasira (Studies in the Short Story). Cairo: The Supreme Council for Culture, 2004.
Studies in the Short Fiction of Idris and Mahfouz. New York: NYU Press, 1992.
Recipient of various grants from NEA, Fulbright, and NEH amongst others
Pegasus Prize for Translation, for "Seeds of Corruption"
P.E.N. Prize for translating stories by Yusuf Idris
Columbia University Translation Center Prize for the Story of Zuhra