Dr. Dana Aicha Shaaban received her Ph.D. in English with a Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Her research interests include British literature of the long nineteenth century, children’s literature of the Victorian era, global literatures, and postcolonial literatures. In March 2023, she received the Honorable Mention for the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies (2022-2023).
Dr. Shaaban’s pedagogical research includes a newly published syllabus, “The Muslim ‘Other’ in Nineteenth-Century British Literature,” part of a syllabus cluster in the digital humanities project Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom. It amplifies nineteenth-century voices from the Middle East and Muslim nations who have not received much recognition in British literature courses, especially in US classrooms.
Dr. Shaaban’s teaching philosophy employs the notion of “Teaching as Storytelling,” which uses literature as a foundation to make students collaborative storytellers who find joy in reading and writing. At TCU, Trinity University, and overseas, Dr. Shaaban taught a wide array of classes, ranging from English composition and literature classes to ESL and communication skills courses, to beginner and intermediate Arabic courses for non-native speakers.
- Ph.D. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies from Texas Christian University
- M.A. in English Literature, American University of Beirut
- B.A. in English Literature (with Distinction), American University of Beirut