Farida Abla is a PhD student in the Humanities Doctoral Program with the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at the Concordia University, in Montréal. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas, USA; a B.A. in Translation & Languages (Arabic, English, French) from the Lebanese University. Besides, she spent four years (1993-1997) as a Staff Member at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where she was pursuing her undergraduate studies in English Language & Literature. Accredited with a CELTA and a TESOL, she has a vast experience in teaching English as a Second Language in Canada as well as overseas. She has been a Research Associate at Simone de Beauvoir Institute where she’s served as a Teaching Assistant for three years. Her interdisciplinary research deconstructs the works of Iranian American Women in diaspora in the US where they wrote autobiographies in English. She questions and analyzes the voices of these women using a transnational feminist lens. She studies the effects of the English language within the diaspora literature, their portrayal in media, and their reception and audience in North America in particular. She also explores the social, economic, political and religious circumstances these women experienced and portrayed in their memoirs.
Research Keywords: Transnational Feminism, Cultural Studies, Iranian Women Diaspora & Autobiographies