Dr. Noor Hashem is a lecturer with the CAS Writing Center at Boston University. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction and Ph.D. in English Literature from Cornell University. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 2014 to 2016. Her research examines the intersection of Muslim literature, North American ethnic literature, and world literature through the lenses of critical theory, cultural studies, and gender studies.
She is completing a book manuscript, Creative Ritual: Embodied Faith and Secular Reason in Contemporary Muslim Fiction, which studies the portrayal of Muslim characters that assert dissident social agency through their practice of cultivated, embodied rituals in secular spaces. She has fiction and nonfiction pieces published in New Letters, Mizna, and Consequence Magazine.
She is a 2018 recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Art Fellowship for her novel-in-progress about a Muslim community in Southern California. Her teaching experience includes courses on Muslim literature, Muslim science fiction, art from the Arab Spring, world literature, and creative writing. She has also taught creative writing and pedagogy to Syrian refugees and educators in the south of Turkey, and has given talks at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.