Schine, Rachel Nicole

Humanities Research Fellow Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Research Areas: blackness, race, racialization, kinship, popular literature, adab, epic, sīra, Arabic literature, premodern, medieval, social history


Rachel Schine holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She then served as a postdoctoral associate and instructor of Arabic literature and culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her current book project, Black Knights: Arabic Epic and the Making of Medieval Race, explores the origins, literary functions, and social histories of Black protagonists in Arabic popular literature, and particularly in the language’s longest epic, Sīrat al-Amīra Dhāt al-Himma. She has published on topics relating to racialization and kinship in Arabic storytelling in, among others, the Journal of Arabic Literature and al-‘Uṣūr al-Wusṭā: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists.