Over the years CASAR has provided support for an eclectic and exemplary variety of research in the field of American studies. The books listed below are only a small portion of the research that has been completed by scholars who took part in CASAR's academic life in one form or another, be that by serving as the center's director or as the Edward Said Chair in American studies, or by receiving funding through one of our grant programs.
Following his tenure at CASAR as the Edward Said Chair in American studies, Marwan Kraidy published his investigation into the means and motives of the creative activists who sparked the Arab Uprisings in 2011, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (2016). Published by Harvard University Press, this book goes beyond the conventional thesis that social media platforms were the essential medium of revolution in Egypt, examining the artwork of the revolution in order to argue that there is a yet more immediate medium which crucially propelled the uprising, the human body.
During his time as the Edward Said Chair in American studies at CASAR, Robert Reid-Pharr worked on his examination of the cultural and political links between black American and Spanish intellectual life from 1889 through the mid-1950's, Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique (2016). Published by NYU Press, Archives of Flesh was also funded by a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation and won honorable mention for the William Sanders Scarborough Prize of the Modern Language Association.
William Marling's tenure as the Edward Said Chair in American studies was followed by the publication of his 2016 book-length study, Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s, which delves into the logistical, social, and marketplace realities of literary output and the ongoing “world literature debate." Published by Oxford University Press, this book documents the gatekeeping process that determined which books crossed cultural and linguistic barriers to enter into the canon of world literature in the 1960s.
After serving as the Edward Said Chair in American studies and organizing the international conference Sexual Sovereignty: Citizenship, Governmentality, Territory, the acclaimed queer-theorist Jasbir Puar published a provocative book-length study of the sexualized, biopolitical modalities of control that are practiced by the contemporary liberal state. The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability was issued in 2017 by Duke University Press.
The acclaimed Marxist historian, journalist, and cultural critic Vijay Prashad published his book The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution in 2016, following his tenure as the Edward Said Chair in American Studies. Published with University of California Press, this book is a critical primer of Middle Eastern conflict today, offering a sweeping and concise overview of economic, political, and cultural changes and predictions covering the Middle East from Syria to Saudi Arabia to Turkey.
While serving as the director of CASAR, Alex Lubin released Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (2014) from University of North Carolina Press. A book of transnational cultural history that links together the political thought of African American and Arab freedom-struggles, Geographies of Liberation demonstrates how blacks in American constructed freedom, and subsequently, how Middle Eastern groups drew on African American examples to determine their own political agenda.
During his time as the director of CASAR, Patrick McGreevy worked extensively on his book Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal and the Shaping of America (2009), which was published by SUNY Press and received the J. B. Jackson prize for exemplary writing about cultural geography that effectively engages lay audiences.
Syrine Hout, professor of English literature at AUB received several grants from CASAR which aided in completing her book, Postwar Anglophone Lebanese Fiction: Home Matters in the Diaspora (2012), published by Edinburgh University Press. Featuring close-readings of important contemporary Lebanese authors writing in the context of the diaspora and the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, Hout's book questions and elaborates on the construction and meaning of home in a cultural and literary field marked by exile, displacement, and trauma.
During their time serving as the center's director and the Edward Said Chair in American studies respectively, Alex Lubin and Marwan Kraidy edited a collection of essays that focuses on the cultural politics of America's involvement with the Middle East and North Africa. American Studies Encounters the Middle East was published by University of North Carolina Press in 2016.