I view my teaching as a natural extension of my interdisciplinary research interests. As a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley and as a professor at Princeton, I have taught in the areas of literature, cultural studies, critical theory, and religious thought. I've taught courses on Hebrew and Arabic literatures both separately and in conjunction. Other courses have been in Jewish studies, postcolonial and minority theories of literary multilingualism and translation, modern Islamic and Jewish thought, and world literature. In 2014 I was awarded a grant to develop a new interdisciplinary course titled “Introduction to Jewish Cultures,” which focuses on the cultural syncretism and the global diversity of the Jewish experience. The course includes sessions on Job, the Talmud, Kabbalah, Spinoza, the Sephardic Golden Age, Yiddish literature, and Jewish music, food, and sexuality, among other topics. In June 2016 I taught a two-week session at Harvard's Institute for World Literature on "Conflict and Comparison." This new seminar reconsidered world literature through multiple frames of conflict and comparison, examining notions of global war, language wars, and image wars to consider how the "world" and the word are remade through war, partition, and their aftermaths; in particular, the seminar aimed theorize discursive responses to conflict in terms of comparison and incommensurability. In 2016 and 2017 I also taught a week-long course in the Great Jewish Books program for high school students at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.
In spring 2018 I will be teaching two new courses: a graduate seminar on the comparative poetics of "passing" in African-American, LGBTQ, Jewish-American, and Israeli-Palestinian literature and film; and a new undergraduate course on the culture of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
uc berkeley (courses designed and taught independently)
“Reading and Interpreting Narratives of the Modern Middle East”: Reading and composition course created and taught by request of Near Eastern Studies, Spring 2001.
“Exile, Displacement, and the Literary Imagination”: Reading and composition course, Comparative Literature, Spring 2004.
"Sifrut ba’ah mi-mizrah: mavo le-sifrut ‘ivrit mizrahit”: “Introduction to Mizrahi literature”; upper division undergraduate Hebrew literature seminar. Readings and class meetings conducted in Hebrew, Spring 2006.
“Modernity, Enlightenment, and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’: Comparative Perspectives from Europe and the Middle East”: University Freshman Seminar (interdisciplinary) on the Enlightenment and Modernist Islam, Fall 2008.
“Space and Place in Hebrew and Arabic Literature and Film” (renamed “Intimate Geographies: Sites ofExperience in Hebrew and Arabic Fiction and Film”): Upper division undergraduate course (theory and literature), Fall 2008, Spring 2015.
“Language and Literature: Problems and Possibilities”: Upper division undergraduate course on literary theory, Spring 2009.
"Society and Politics in the Arabic Novel and Film”: Undergraduate course, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Fall 2017.
“Odysseys: Exile and Migration in the Global Literary Imagination” (renamed “Introduction to WorldLiterature: Leaving Home Throughout the Ages”): Undergraduate course, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2014, and Fall 2014.
“Language and Literature: Problems and Possibilities”: Graduate seminar on literary theory, Spring 2012.
“Language and Translation in Postcolonial and Minority Writing”: Graduate seminar on literary theory, Fall 2013.
“Modern Hebrew Literature: A Historical Introduction”: Upper division undergraduate/ graduate course, Fall 2013 and Spring 2017.
“Introduction to Jewish Cultures”: Interdisciplinary undergraduate course, lecture and discussion, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, and Fall 2017.