Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, where she teaches courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation, and world English. She is also a member of the Qatar National Competiveness Council. Her research interests include the negotiation of identity between the Muslim world and the west, media representations of Arab women, and postcolonial literature. She has published in journals like Language and Society, Sustaining Excellence in Communicating across the Curriculum: Cross-Institutional Experiences and Best Practices and Rhetoric Review. She currently holds a two-year grant from the Qatar National Research Fund to study representations of Arab women in the Arabic press.
Amal Mohammed Al-Malki holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of London where she also earned a master’s in English-Arabic applied linguistics and translation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and education from the University of Qatar. While completing her Ph.D., Al-Malki researched and wrote a thesis on post-colonial novels. http://www.soas.ac.uk/programmes/prog37036.php
Attribution: Woman Today Magazine: Most Inspiring Qatari Women
I always pursue what makes sense to me … and what I believe in.
I localize theories to make sense of them by testing them on my surroundings, following a selective appropriation method and taking only what suits “me” and still acknowledging the overall picture. To become a global citizen, I need to be grounded first in my locality, I need to have an identity that is solid but yet flexible; a tree needs to have strong roots to thrive.
The most important thing I enjoy in my career is connecting with students on different levels. It is the day to day interaction that breaks the routine. I hate routine- I tell my students right from the beginning: “I guarantee you that you will learn a lot and what you will learn will be useful and applicable. But you need to promise me that we keep our teaching/learning process as fun as possible”.
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