Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies

    Waed Athamneh is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies at Connecticut College. She received a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on modern Arabic poetry and 20th-century Arab politics.


    Athamneh's book, Modern Arabic Poetry: Revolution and Conflict, is with University of Notre Dame Press. Athamneh's articles have appeared in Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Before Joining Connecticut College, she taught at Indiana University and Claremont McKenna College. Athamneh teaches courses in Arabic language, literature and culture.

    Waed Athamneh,Professor in class reading poetry at Connecticut College

    Athamneh with Stephen Little of University of Notre Dame Press and fellow authors: Muhsin al-Musawi, Jaroslav Stetkevych, and Samer Ali.


    At Connecticut College, Athamneh is the chair of the Committee on the Status of Faculty Women and the Director of the Arabic Program. She is also a member of Middle East Studies Association, American Association of University Women, and Modern Language Association.



    Waed Athamneh's Publications on Modern Arabic Literature and Culture

    Waed Athamneh's book examines modern Arabic literature and poetry, published by Notre dame Press

    ​University of Notre Dame Press

    Athamneh's book examines how radical political changes in the twentieth-century Arab world inspired major transitions and new directions in modern Arabic poetry.

    Waed Athamneh's article on SonAllah Ibrahim’s novel

    Women, Writing, and Politics in SonAllah Ibrahim’s That smell and Notes from Prison

    Middle Eastern Studies Journal

    Athamneh's article explores SonAllah's novel and the way political corruption overrides basic human and women's rights in the Arab world.

    Waed Athamneh's article on Ahmad Abd al-Muti Hijazi poetry

    The Poetic Voices of Ahmad Abd al-Muti Hijazi 1950-2011

    ​Arab Studies Quarterly Journal

    Athamneh examines the poetic voices of Egyptian poet Ahmad Hijazi in five representative poems written between 1950 and 2011.

    Waed Athamneh's research on Voices of Protest in Syria

    Engaging the Authoritarian State: Voices of Protest in Syria

    Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies

    In this article, Athamneh captures how the protesters during the 2011 Syrian Uprising challenged the Assad regime and undermined its dominant narratives.


    Articles, Reports and Interviews with Waed Athamneh

    The College Voice

    Athamneh teaches the works of Arab women writers. She explores a profound selection of literature by contemporary Arab women who wrote of feminism, gender, family and other topics neglected in western media.

    Waed Athamneh founds an Arabic Studies Summer Program

    Connecticut College

    Athamneh launches a new international Arabic program. Each summer, Athamneh leads a group of 10 students to study Arabic language, literature, and culture in Irbid, Jordan.

    Waed Athamneh organizes Speaker talk on Libya conflict

    Connecticut College

    As part of a series of talks on the Arab Spring, Athamneh invites a scholar and an eyewitness on the Libyan uprising. Mr. Hasan describes his 23-hour journey fleeing through the Libyan Desert with his wife as the battles escalated.

    Waed Athamneh and Students in Arabic Language Summer Program

    Her Campus

    What's it like to travel to an Arab country, specifically Jordan, for six weeks? What experience might undergraduate students from the U.S. have? And what can they learn? Athamneh helps students navigate new settings in a premier cultural immersion program.

    Waed athamneh Arabic language class

    The Day

    Waed Athamneh, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies at Connecticut College, leads a session of her Intermediate Arabic class under a tree.


    A Selection of Waed Athamneh's Courses

    Waed Athamneh's course War and Exile in Arabic Literature

    War and Exile in Arabic Literature

    Themes of alienation, loss, intellectual and physical displacement in modern Arabic poetry and fiction.

    Waed Athamneh's course Arab Women Writers

    Arab Women Writers

    Literary works by modern and contemporary Arab women writers. Students develop a critical understanding of the social, political, gender, religious, and cultural issues raised by Arab women writers.

    Waed Athamneh's course Modern Arabic Literature

    Modern Arabic Literature

    Modern Arabic literary works in poetry and fiction. Students examine how major political transformations, cultural ideologies, and literary movements have shaped twentieth-century Arabic literature.

    Waed Athamneh's course Modern Arabic Poetry and Politics

    Modern Arabic Poetry and Politics

    The dialectical link between politics and poetry in the modern Arab world. Political upheavals include the 1967 war and the fall of Nasserism, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Arab Uprising.

    Waed Athamneh's course Arabic Media

    Arabic Media

    A critical examination of contemporary Arabic media, focusing on key political, economic, and social issues that influence the modern Arab world.

    Waed Athamneh's course Arabic Language, smiling students in class

    Arabic Language

    Students develop Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced proficiency in modern standard Arabic as well as colloquial Arabic.


    Photos of Waed Athamneh's Classes

    Students in Waed Athamneh's class chat with Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh

    War: A Woman's Perspective

    Students chat with Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, author of The Story of Zahra, in one of Waed Athamneh's classes.

    Students in Waed Athamneh's class discuss in Arabic LGBTQ equal rights in the Arab world

    Arab LGBTQ Movement

    An outside discussion in Arabic on LGBTQ struggle for equal rights in the Arab world. Students examine the rising role of artists and activists in LGBTQ movements.

    Waed Athamneh's students chat with Rula Quawas from Jordan, a feminist activist, writer, and critic

    A Female. An Academic.

    Students in Athamneh's class during a video conference with Dr. Rula Quawas from Jordan, a feminist activist, writer, and critic.

    Students in Waed Athamneh's class discuss women's rights in the Arab world, discrimination of Arab women

    Defying Patriarchal Society

    Students in Athamneh's class discuss women's rights in the Arab world, and discrimination of Arab female academics.


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