AboutPauline Homsi Vinson is visiting assistant professor and interim director of the Center for Arab American Studies 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.
EducationB.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.
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.
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.