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Dr. Jyhene Kebsi is the Director of Learning & Teaching. Her research and teaching sit at the intersection of world literatures and North African and Middle Eastern Gender Studies. She teaches and researches on refugee women's narratives and testimonies. She is interested in Arab American, Arab Canadian, Arab British and Arab Australian women authors and film-makers. Dr. Kebsi’s courses have a special focus on transnational feminism, postcolonial feminism, state feminism, Islamic feminism, colonial feminism and imperial feminism. Dr. Kebsi is the founder and convenor of the Gendered Transnational Texts and Communities Network, which discusses topics that range from migration and asylum through radicalization and terrorism to the gendered impact of western multinationals' exploitation of the natural resources of the Global South.  Dr. Kebsi’s op-eds have appeared in key outlets like The Berkley Forum, The Conversation, Jadaliyya, Arena, The New Arab and Overland. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the Journal of North African Studies and Contemporary Levant. Before coming to MQ, Dr. Kebsi taught at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. She also taught American and British literature at the University of Saint Thomas in the United States. Dr. Kebsi is the recipient of multiple prizes and awards, including Fulbright. 


Dr. Kebsi welcomes supervision of Ph.D. and MA (MRes) students in the following areas:

. Refugee and migrant literature and cinema

. Arab-American, Arab-Canadian, Arab-British and Arab-Australian literature and cinema

. Postcolonial literature and globalization

. North African literature and cinema

. Imperial and colonial feminists

. Transnational and postcolonial feminism(s)

. Maghrebi and Islamic feminism(s)

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Laval University

First Class Honours B.A., University Tunis El Manar

Institute for World Literature Doctoral Seminars, University of Lisbon / Harvard University

Doctoral Courses, University of Montreal / Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III

MA, University of Saint Thomas USA

Ph.D, University of Sydney

External positions

Ambassador, The Foundation for the Study of Literature and Environment in India

United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Teaching Mentee, University of Saint Thomas USA

Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney

Academic Teacher, Western Sydney University


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