Anne-Marie McManus is an assistant professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Culture at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the departments of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) and Comparative Literature. Her research engages debates in comparative and world literature, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, translation theory, and anthropology, with a particular interest in the multilingual and circulational literary ties that have internally traversed North Africa and the Middle East since decolonization.
As a Humanities Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi, she will complete her first book, titled Of Other Languages: Arabic Literature, Decolonization, and Materialities of Language, which is under contract with Northwestern University Press. She will also develop her writings on ruination in contemporary Syrian literature and political thought, which emerged from her work as co-founding director of Washington University in St. Louis' interdisciplinary "Wastelands" seminar. Her work has received support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fulbright, and her recent writings appear in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Expressions maghrébines, Arab Studies Journal, and Jadaliyya. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2013.