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Sophia Azeb

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
(212) 998-9163
1 Wash Pl, Room 413

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Office Hours
Friday 11:30-1:30

B.A. African American Studies & History, SUNY Buffalo, 2008
M.A. American Studies, SUNY Buffalo, 2011
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Southern California, 2016

Sophia Azeb is a NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current book project theorizes how blackness is articulated and mobilized by African American, African, and Afro-Arab writers, artists, and political figures in North Africa and Europe during the post-war twentieth century. Through the construction of a multilingual Afro-Arab archive of literature, music, and festival, Azeb demonstrates how literary, musical, and narrative cultures produced through Arab-African collaboration and contact shaped blackness as a language through which to locate and reimagine the ties and tensions between "Arabs" and their African diasporic counterparts. From 2011-2016 Azeb wrote on the contemporary resonance of these research interests for the critical media blog Africa is a Country. Her writing on politics, popular culture, and the arts has appeared in KCET Artbound, The Feminist Wire, and The New Inquiry. She is also a regular contributor to the Chimurenga Chronic and The Funambulist platform.

Teaching and Research Interests

black cultural studies; diaspora theory; African and African diasporic literature and film in French, Arabic, and in translation; race and sport; the black radical imagination; global Islam; Third Worldism

Sophia Azeb

Recent News


In December 2017, Azeb was an invited speaker forThe Funambulist: Colonial Spaces, Decolonial Practices, held in Brooklyn, New York.  


2018 Spring

War and Memory in Graphic Novel and Film

2017 Fall

"Third World" Women's Writing

2016 Fall

Islam and Race in the United States