Program Coordinator - Dr. David DiMeo
Ph. D. - Harvard University
M. A. - Princeton University
B. S. - West Point
Dr. DiMeo came to WKU in 2012 after serving 26 years as a Foreign Area Officer in the U.S. government. He established the Arabic major program in 2014 and the Arabic for International Careers program in 2016. His areas of research include modern Egyptian literature, including Nubian literature and the intellectual movements of the 'Abbasid period as well as the development of proficiency-oriented Arabic instruction.
Committed to Disillusion: Activist Writers in Egypt from the 1950s to 1980s (American University in Cairo: 2016)
The Travels of Ibn Battuta: A Guided Arabic Reader, with Inas Hassan (American University in Cairo: 2016)
“Unimaginable Community: the Failure of Nubian Nationalism in Idris Ali’s Dongola: A Nubian Novel.” Research in African Literatures, 46.1, Spring 2015.
“Egypt’s Police State in the Works of Idris and Mahfouz” CLCWeb:Comparative Literature and Culture, 15.4 December 2012.
“Najib Mahfuz between the Lukacsian and Brechtian Approaches to Realism,” CLCWeb:Comparative Literature and Culture, October 2010
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