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Kean University


  • Ph.D., English, University of Miami, 2021
  • M.A., English with Graduate Certificates in Gender Studies and Media Studies, Duquesne University, 2014 
  • B.A., English with Minor in Women's Studies, Penn State University, 2010 

Courses Taught

  • ID 1300 (Intro to Women's and Gender Studies); 
  • ENG 2221 (American Literature II); ENG 2403 (World Literature); 
  • ENG 3725 (Ethnic American Literature); 
  • ENG 4301 (Contemporary Caribbean Women Writers in English and English Translation); 
  • ENG 5155 (The Language of Racial and Ethnic Identity)

Research Interests

Contemporary U.S. Literature, U.S. Latine/x Literature, Asian American Literature, Critical Muslim Studies, Feminist Theory


Samina Gul Ali joined Kean in 2021 as part of the inaugural cohort of the Equity in Action Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. After completing the postdoctoral fellowship, she transitioned to a tenure track assistant professorship in the Department of English. Dr. Ali is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Articulations of Islamic Feminist Identity in Post-9/11 Muslim American Narratives. This developing project examines how contemporary Muslim American women use narrative to explore how race, ethnicity, gender, and religion impact how we (as a nation) think about community and belonging in the United States. Prior to joining Kean, Dr. Ali was the recipient of the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship at Kenyon College and the Institute for Citizens and Scholars Fellowship in Women's Studies (formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson).