Elizabeth M. Holt

Associate Professor of Arabic

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Literature, Middle Eastern Studies

Area of Specialization: Modern Arabic Literature


B.A., Harvard University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. Fulbright scholar (2006–07); Gerhardt Award of Distinction, American University in Cairo (2006–07). National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (2012). Articles, chapters, and reviews in Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Literatures, Arabic Literary Thresholds, Journal of Arabic Literature, Arab Studies Quarterly, Dialectical Anthropology. Contributing translator to The Arab Renaissance: Anthology of Nahda Thought, Literature, and Language. Associate Editor, Journal of Arabic Literature. At Bard since 2008.


  • Research Interests: Arabic novel; 19th- and early 20th-century Beirut and Cairo; history of the Arabic press; reading publics; Algerian literature; world literature and the CIA
  • Teaching Interests: Arabic literature; Arabic language; translation; world literature; world literature
  • Other Interests: History of the novel; Beur culture; Francophonie in the Arab world; feminisms and nationalisms


Phone: 845-758-7676
Website: http://middleeastern.bard.edu/?page_id=9
Location: Seymour
Office: 104