Category Archives: research

The Humanities Ph.D. Project


During the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to participate in a U-M committee of faculty and doctoral candidates that considered the future of the humanities doctorate. In this group, we discussed reimagining U-M doctoral curricula, training opportunities, and interdisciplinary programming in order to support both a wider range of outcomes for humanities doctorates and a rigorous Ph.D. training, responsive to current and emerging contexts.

At the end of the project, we collaborated to produce a website, The Humanities Ph.D. Project, which supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy, and beyond. Funded by the Andrew S. Mellon Foundation and the Rackham Graduate School, this project broadens the career paths of humanities doctoral students and considers new ways doctoral programs can support these efforts.

Please click here to view the website. I hope you will find it useful!

U-M article on Mellon Fellowship


The University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School wrote a wonderful article on my Mellon Fellowship at the Arab American National Museum: “Gaining Perspective: The Mellon Fellowships at Rackham.”

U-M Community of Scholars Fellowship

I’m so grateful to have received a Community of Scholars fellowship from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship

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I was blessed to spend eight weeks (May – July 2015) working as a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The Rackham Graduate School at U-M featured my work in this article. Photo by Bruce … Continue reading

Academic article publication

hawwaI’m happy to announce that my academic article, “Counter Fictions and Imaginary Topographies: Auto/Biographical Methodologies and the Construction of Group Knowledge in Evelyn Shakir’s Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States,” appears in Volume 12, Issue 2-3 (2014) of Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World.

Humanity & Society Article

humanity&societyI’m happy to report that the article I co-authored with Lora Lempert, Laura Freeman, and Lesia Liss—“’What Is It that these People Want? Are We Part of Some Kind of Experiment?’: Mentoring in a Women’s Prison”—has been published in Volume 36, Number 1 of Humanity and Society.

Upcoming Publications

I’ve recently received word that two of my essays have been accepted for publication.

“What Prison is to the Body” will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Third Coast.

“What is it That These People Want?  Are We Part of Some Kind of Experiment?: Mentoring in a Women’s Prison,” co-authored with Dr. Lora Bex Lempert, Laura Freeman, and Michigan State Respresentative Lesia Liss, will appear in an upcoming issue of Humanity & Society.

Searching for Najla

Searching for Najla: 

Moving from private history to public narrative


Lecture and Fiction Reading

Date: Friday, November 5, 2010

Time: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Location: 2039 CB (Sandy Conference Room)

University of Michigan

4901 Evergreen Road

Dearborn, MI 48128

Lunch will be provided.  RSVP to Sharie Beard at

In the early 1980s, Princeton historian Alixa Naff interviewed Christina LaRose’s great-grandmother, Najla Nouhan, for Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience.  Naff’s scholarly work focused on the pre-World War I pio­neering generation of Arabic-speaking immigrants and their assimilation to the United States.  In this talk, Christina will discuss the process of transforming her great-grandmother’s oral history into a novel.  She will focus on historical and archival research, feminist and postcolonial historical fiction, narrative theory, and the fiction writing process.