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Atoor Lawandow

6th Year PhD Student

Educational Background

  • M.A. Middle Eastern Studies; University of Chicago
  • B.A. Philosophy; Northeastern Illinois University


Atoor has been awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Persian, and a Einaudi Center International Research Travel Grant. She is a current member of the Department of Near Eastern Studies Community Engagement Committee.

Dissertation: “Homeland in Modern Arabic Thought”


  • Elementary Arabic
  • (FWS) Writing under Pressure: Arabic Fiction in Times of Crisis


  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Arabic literature
  • History of Islam
  • History of the modern Middle East
  • 18th to 20th-century Arabic patriotism