Esraa Al-Shammari

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations PhD Student

This graduate student is available to deliver lectures to your K-12 classroom at no charge. All requests MUST be booked through the Middle East Center Speaker's Bureau

Esraa al-Shammari is a scholar in modern Arabic literature. She is currently working towards a dissertation on the Syrian-Kurdish poet Salim Barakat and his use of and views on language, under the supervision of Professor Shawkat M. Toorawa. She has received, among others, a Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2020-2022), SAS Hopkinson Fellowship (2017-2018), and Janet Lee Stevens Award in Arabic and Islamic Studies (2017) from the University of Pennsylvania. She was named a finalist in the Humanities division for the 2020 Penn Grad Talks competition (formerly known as Grad Ben Talks). She has also received a Certificate in College and University Teaching from the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania (2019). 


M.A., Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University (2015)

M.A., Arabic Language and Literature, American University of Beirut (2012)

B.A., English Language and Literature, American University of Kuwait (2009)