Research

refereed articles and chapters

Giggers, Greeners, Peyserts, & Palliards: Rendering Slang in al-Bukhala’ of al-Jahiz
Journal of the American Oriental Society (March 2020)
[Article comparing two English translations of medieval Arabic criminal jargon in the Book of Misers by al-Jahiz, in order to evaluate their relative effectiveness]

Missionary and Heretic: Debating Veganism in the Medieval Islamic World
Insatiable Appetite: Food as a Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond
(ed. K. Dmitriev, B. Orfali, and J. Hauser, Leiden: Brill, 2019)
[Book chapter analyzing 11th-century letters on veganism exchanged between the poet al-Ma`arri, and the Shi’ite missionary al-Mu’ayyad fi l-Din al-Shirazi]

Al-Ma`arri’s Esteem in the Islamic West: A Preliminary Overview
Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean (February 2019)
[Article surveying how the works of al-Ma`arri, a poet from Aleppo, Syria, were received and imitated in medieval Muslim Iberia and North Africa]

lectures and conference papers

Spark Showers Way Out West: Forging an Author Through Self-Commentary in Andalusi Arabic Poetry
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Hispanic & Portuguese Studies,
20 November 2019
[Invited solo lecture about self-conscious Arabic authorship in Islamic Spain]

Banu Sasan: A Medieval Arab Underworld Society
Medieval Association of the Midwest, 3-5 October 2019
[Presentation about rogues, beggar thieves, and other ne’er-do-wells in
classical Arabic literature]

Al-Ma`arri’s Anxious Menagerie: The Epistle of the Horse and the Mule
Freie Universität Berlin, 9-10 May 2019
[Invited presentation about animals in classical Arabic literature]

Dust’s Embrace: Al-Ma`arri and the Art of Dying in Classical Arabic Literature
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington D.C., 3 April 2019 (on YouTube)
[Invited solo lecture about al-Ma`arri and the poetics of death in Arabic]

The Mediterranean and the Dream of Comparative Literature
English Language Notes 56, issue 1 (2018): 263-267
[Roundtable paper for the Mediterranean Seminar, April 2017 in Boulder, CO. It answers the prompt, ” ‘Mediterranean Religion’: Does it function as a category?”]

grants, fellowships, awards

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) Project 1 Grant ($433,000)
[Three-year funding with Aglae Pizzone (principal investigator) and Lars Mortensen (director, Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Southern Denmark), for a project called “Medieval Self-Commentaries Beyond Europe: A Transcultural Perspective”]

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), Research Grant ($2,250)
[Short-term funding to conduct archive research in Tunisia, fall 2019, for an ongoing project about East-West reception of classical Arabic literature]

Southern Denmark University, HUM SEED Research Grant ($12,750)
[Short-term collaborative grant at USD’s Center for Medieval Literature, for a project on Medieval Self-Commentary East and West; see 2017 CML report, page 2]

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (DDRA) ($33,500)
[Full-year grant to Morocco, for a project on the reception of a medieval Syrian poet in Spain and North Africa; see 2015 Fulbright-Hays report, page 10]