Ariel M. Sheetrit (PhD, Harvard, 2007) is a lecturer at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Arabic language and literature and at the Open University of Israel in Arab film. Recipient of Kreitman Post-Doctoral Fellowhsip (2009-2011). At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, she is the head of the research group on Arabic Narratives of Migration and Journey. This group researches modern literature written in Arabic on migration and journey, and secondary themes including exile, displacement, diaspora, exile, estrangement, and transnationalism, especially in light of issues of identity and belonging, travel, identity and borders/boundaries.
She has published numerous scholarly articles on Arabic autobiography, Palestinian literature, Arabic women's writing, the nexus of Arabic literature with Hebrew literature, and on Arab film. Latest publications include: "The Geography of Identity in ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Munīf's Sīrat Madīna: ʿAmmān fī al-Arbaʿīnāt ." Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 14 (2014), pp. 27-45; "Deterritorialization of Belonging: Between Home and the Unhomely in Miral al-Tahawy's Brooklyn Heights and Salman Natur's She, the Autumn, and Me," Journal of Levantine Studies 3:2 (2013), pp. 71-98; "The Poetics of the Poet's Autobiography: Voicings and Mutings in Fadwā Ṭūqān's Narrative Journey," Journal of Arabic Literature 43 (2012), pp. 102-131. Two studies are forthcoming in 2015 in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and the Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.
She is currently writing a monograph on modern Arabic autobiography.