I am Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi located on Saadiyat Island in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Previously, I was Associate Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon and served as department chair from 2010-14.
I am an interdisciplinary scholar-teacher with interests in Digital Humanities, Spatial Humanities, Visualization and AI/machine learning for the humanities. Trained as a medievalist, my research has focused on pre-modern court culture and knowledge transfer in the Euro-Mediterranean as well as digital inquiry into the modern and contemporary Middle East. At the core of my research are questions of spatio-temporality, multilingualism, interculturality and the materiality and variance of archival documents. I work in seven languages, including Arabic. For more details about my research interests and projects, see here.
My work is in dialogue with global research communities and aims at creating communities of digital research in the arts and humanities across the global university (NYU), as well as at a regional (MENASA) and local (UAE/Gulf) level.
I firmly believe that, if empowered by the methods in the critique, creation and management of digital knowledge, the Arab region can work to close the knowledge gap across many media. I am convinced that creating knowledge from within, and disseminating it openly and freely, allows us to critique received discourses about language, society and culture, supplanting them with alternative, informed ones.
Keywords for my research
digital humanities; spatial humanities; open corpora; knowledge creation; AI for culture; multilingualism; medieval studies; French studies; Arabic studies; interculturality