Jonathan Smolin

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Studies

  • Affiliate, Jewish Studies

I have taught at Dartmouth since 2005. In my classes, you will learn about the Middle East from multiple perspectives and a wide array of sources, from classical texts to social media. I believe passionately that the classroom is a space of curiosity, open dialogue, and critical thinking. I am committed to building a learning environment where students engage deeply with different viewpoints and experiences. In my teaching, the Middle East is a site of nuance and complexity, not rigid categories and polarization.

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Reed, Room 320
HB 6178


  • Ph.D. Harvard University
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • The Politics of Melodrama: The Political and Cultural Lives of Ihsan Abdel Kouddous and Gamal Abdel Nasser (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2024).

  • Translation and Introduction of Ihsan Abdel Kouddous, A Nose and Three Eyes: A Novel with Foreword by Hanan al-Shaykh (Hoopoe, forthcoming 2024).

  • "Arab Crime Fiction" in The Cambridge Companion to World Crime Fiction, edited by Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King, and Alistair Rolls (Cambridge University Press, 2022), pp. 160-177.

  • Translation and Introduction of Ihsan Abdel Kouddous, I Do Not Sleep: A Novel (Hoopoe, 2021).

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Works In Progress

Open Access Digitization of Rose El Youssef Magazine, 1926-1970.

Recent Public Speaking