Mansour Al-Maswari

Mansour Al-Maswari

Academic Mentor: Muhsin Al-Musawi, Professor of Classical and Modern Arabic Literature, Comparative and Cultural Studies at Columbia University, Columbia University

Research Topic:

Revisiting the Arabia: Cultural Regeneration and the Question of Belonging in the Contemporary Gulf Societies

Mansour Al-Maswari earned his PhD in English and Comparative Literature in 2020, and has two master’s degrees in Political Science and English Literature from Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in India. In addition to his two degrees in the English Language from Sana'a University in Yemen. Al-Maswari also holds a Diploma in Diplomacy and International Relations and is TEFL-certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Mansour's research interests include Postcolonial Literature, World Literature, Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Identity and Culture, Digital Humanities, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Literature and Philosophy, British Literature and Culture, Critical Theory and Gender and Feminist Studies. His broad interdisciplinary interests include Comparative Politics and Political Theory; particularly Yemeni and Gulf Affairs.

Prior to being selected as a Mellon Fellow at Columbia Global Centers | Amman, Mansour served as a faculty staff of the Department of English (College of Humanities and Applied Sciences) at Amran University in Yemen since 2008, and taught various subjects in English between 2008-2012; after which he was awarded an Amran University Scholarship for PG studies in India. In 2015, he was awarded the University Grants Commission Fellowship, and in October 2017, he was upgraded to a UGC Senior Research Fellow (UGC-SRF) until October 2019.

Mansour's research at Columbia Global Centers | Amman examines and addresses the social progress, cultural regeneration, and the re-making of human dignity in the Arab Gulf societies via their contemporary literature. The research covers contemporary transitions in a comprehensive critical analysis of the novels The Bamboo Stalk and The Jasmine's Shadow. The pivotal shift that digital humanities and mass literature, in general, have remarkably contributed to the socio-cultural evolutions and upheavals taking place in the nowadays' collective gulf awareness and have brought about significant changes, particularly in the lead of the twenty-first century.

Selected Publications:

Dehumanizing Indian labor forces in the Arab gulf states: when the voiced is silenced

Sufism and its Literary Contributions in Yemen. Ahmed Ibn Alwan -a Model 

Quest for Identity in Season of Migration to the North and Song of Solomon: A Comparative Study of Mustafa Said and Milkman

Arabs’ Fractured Oneness and the Split Identity in the Post Arab Spring Era

Arab Youth and Culture Conflict