Research & Teaching Interests
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, and will become an assistant professor in the department in July of 2024.
My dissertation examines how contemporary Iraqi fiction—written in the context of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq—provides a rich resource for challenging the legitimacy of international law, questioning the ideologies of the current global order, and understanding the political economy of literary translation. Specifically, I explore how Iraqi writers use genre-fiction conventions to attract the attention of Anglophone
translators and publishing houses while also leveraging those conventions to critique the purported legality of the invasion and occupation. Reading both in Arabic and in translation, I track changes in vocabulary, grammar, and structural genre elements to argue that Iraqi writers intervene in and alter the genres they employ.
I research and teach courses on topics including administrative and international law, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between law and technology, the laws of war and sanctions, and critical approaches to mainstream international law. Other interests include the legal history of colonialism, imperialism, and administrative law; portrayals of artificial intelligence in film, literature, and law; and the relationship between law and culture.