Muhammad Masud



Muhammad Masud, Adjunct Instructor of Middle Eastern Studies

Adjunct Instructor of Middle Eastern Studies
Joined Connecticut College: 2012

Education
B.A., M.A., Yarmouk University, Jordan; Ph.D., Illinois State University

Specializations

  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Children’s and young adult literature
  • Ideological socialization in literature
  • Visual culture

Contact Muhammad Masud: mmasud@conncoll.edu

Muhammad Masud’s research examines how modern literary texts about the Middle East, especially those written for younger readers, demonstrate the interplay of power and ideology. Masud is currently working on a book-length project on the politics of literary narratives about the Middle East.

Some of Masud’s recent publications include “Relocating the Roots of the Arab Spring in Children’s Literature: Indoctrination and Political Socialization in Mubarak’s Egypt,” which appeared in Sankofa: A Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Some of the courses Masud teaches are Politics and Ideology in Literature about the Middle East, The Culture and Thought of the Modern Middle East, and The Arab Spring.

Masud is founder and administrative director of the College’s Arabic summer study abroad and cultural immersion program. Ten Connecticut College students travel each summer to Jordan to study Arabic language, literature, and culture.

Masud has presented papers at national conferences. Recent paper presentations include:

  • “The Arab World in Transition: The Remaking of Public Discourse,” Session chair and organizer, Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (Oct. 2013)
  • “Ideology and Political Discourse in Syrian Textbooks,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (Oct. 2013)
  • “The Politics of Children’s Literature in Egypt,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO (Nov. 2012)
  • “Problematizing Writing Assignments in the Literature Classroom: Towards an English Studies Pedagogy,” New Directions Symposium, Illinois State University. Normal, IL (Feb. 2011)

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