Nahrain Al-Mousawi


Nahrain Al-Mousawi is a literature professor based in Lebanon. She is working – very slowly – on a book on migration across the Mediterranean. Her writing often focuses on migration and borders within and out of Africa, particularly across the Mediterranean. She also writes on popular and literary culture from the MENA region. She has had her work published in Al Jazeera, The National, Globe and Mail, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications.

Please see Features, Opinions, & Analysis, Scholarly Publications, or Reviews for samples of her work. For samples of more creative work, see Translations and Poetry.

She received her PhD from UCLA in Comparative Literature with a focus on Arabic and English literature, as well as postcolonial and transnational literature and criticism. Her MA from UT Austin was in Middle Eastern Studies and her BA from UC Berkeley was in English Literature. See CV and Awards for more information.

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