About

Pauline Homsi Vinson is a lecturer in English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (2022-2023). Originally from Lebanon, her work includes translations from Arabic to English as well as studies in Shakespeare and Arab American literature, with attention to gender, race, and cross-cultural literary borrowings. She is co-editor of a number of special issues on Arab American literature and has taught in the US, Malaysia, and the U.A.E. Pauline has co-founded the Arab American Studies Association (AASA) and the Global Arab and Arab American Literature forum at the MLA. She is a co-editor of Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in Arab American Studies with Louise Cainkar and Amira Jarmakani (Syracuse University Press, 2021), which received an honorable mention award from the Arab American National Museum.

Education

B.A. in English – The University of California at Berkeley

M.A. in English – The University of California at Santa Barbara

Ph.D. in English – Northwestern University.

Publications

Book

Louise Cainkar, Pauline Homsi Vinson, and Amira Jarmakani, eds. Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in SWANA Studies, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. Forthcoming 2022.

Articles and Book Chapters

Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Arab American Literature, Storytelling, and the Paradox of Shahrazad.” In Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in SWANA Studies, co-edited with Louise Cainkar, Pauline Homsi Vinson, and Amira Jarmakani. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming 2022.

Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Arab American Literature.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Ed. Jon Butler. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022.

Sarah M.A. Gualtieri and Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Introduction: Arab/Americas: Locations & Iterations.” Amerasia Journal special issue on Arab Americans vol. 44, no. 1, 2018, pp. vii-xxi.

Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Representations of Sexualities: United States.” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC). General Editor. Suad Joseph; Guest Editor Sarah Gualtieri. Brill, Supplement XI, 2015.

Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Re-encountering Scheherazade: Gender, Cultural Mobility, and Narrative Transformations in Alia Yunis’s The Night Counter. Mashriq & Mahjar Special Issue on Gender and Mobility. Vol.2, no.1, 2014, pp. 55-76.

Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Voice, Narrative, and Political Critique: Etel Adnan’s Sitt Marie Rose and Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero.” In Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist. Eds. Lisa Suhair Majaj and Amal Amireh. Pp. 176- 196. Jefferson, NC.: McFarland & Co., 2001.

Contributing Editor

2018 Guest editor, with Sarah M.A. Gualtieri, Amerasia Special Issue: Arab/Americas: Locations and Iterations, 44:1, vii-xxi.

2017 Guest editor, with Sarah M.A. Gualtieri, The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC); Supplement 16: Arab American Fictions.

2016 Guest editor, with Sarah M.A. Gualtieri, The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC); Supplement 14: Arab American Women and Representation.

2016 Special Section guest editor with Evelyn Alsultany and Louise Cainkar, Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration, Special Issue: New Directions in Arab American Studies.; vol. 3, no. 2.

2000 – 2009 Contributing editor, Al Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts.

Translations (from Arabic to English):

2005 Ghada Samman, “Woman as Scapegoat.”. Al Jadid 11.53, 11-12.

2005 Mona Mansa, “Hanan al-Shaykh Speaks of her Newest Novel,  ‘My Story is an Extended Commentary.’” Al Jadid 11.50/51, 4-10.

2002 Emily Nasrallah, “The Lebanese Abroad.”.Al Jadid 8.41, 16-17.

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