Eman Ghanayem

Research Interests

Late 20th century and contemporary American literatures; American Indian and Indigenous literatures; Arab and Arab American literatures; diasporic, refugee, and prison writings; global indigenous studies; feminist and queer theory; postcolonial and third world studies

Research Description

My research examines Palestinian and American Indian literatures, and the larger context of global Indigenous and refugee narratives, through a framework of interconnected settler colonialisms and comparable indigeneities.


M.A., English Literature, University of Jordan
B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Jordan

Courses Taught

ENGL 116: Intro to American Literature
RHET 105: Writing and Research

Additional Campus Affiliations

American Indian Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Highlighted Publications



  • “Colonial Loops of Displacement in the United States and Israel: The Case of Rasmea Odeh,” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 47: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2019): 71-91.
  • Written with Rebecca Macklin, “Indigenous Narratives: Global Forces in Motion,” Transmotion, 5.1 (2019): 1-10.


  • “Towards Better Ally-Ship for Palestine: A Letter to the US Activist Community,” Mondoweiss, Mondoweiss, 23 March 2017, https://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/palestine-activist-community/.
  • “‘What’s at Stake?: Intersectional Conversations in a Post-Truth Era,’” Kritik, UIUC Unit for Criticism, 2 March 2017, https://unitforcriticism.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/whats-at-stake-intersectional-conversations-in-a-post-truth-era-response-by-eman-ghanayem/.
  • “Criminalizing/Civilizing the Palestinian,” UIUC Faculty Blogspot, 8 September 2014, https://uiucfaculty.blogspot.com/2014/09/eman-ghanayem-criminalizingcivil-izing.html.