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Dr. Enaya Othman
Dr. Enaya OthmanMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 450

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5761
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Arabic

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Enaya Othman is Assistant Professor at Marquette University. She is the founder of Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute, AMWRRI and she serves as the President of AMWRRI Board of Directors.


Ph.D. 2009; Marquette University

Courses Taught

  • Elementary and Intermediate Arabic Language
  • Grammar Review and Writing, Conversation
  • Formal Spoken Arab Language
  • Arab and Muslim Culture and Civilization
  • Arab and Muslim American communities in the United States
  • 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature

Research Interests

Her research interest focuses on Arab and Muslim feminism, immigration, cultural encounter in colonial and diaspora contexts.

Professional Affiliations

She developed and acted as the principle organizer of the Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit: “Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity and Tradition Through the Eyes of the Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee.” She also developed and acted as the principle organizer of the Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit:  “Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity and Tradition Through the Eyes of the Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee.”


  • Modern American History
  • Middle East and Islamic History


"Palestinian American Women and Marital Choices Across Generations." Journal of American Ethnic History 40.1 (Fall 2020): 70-91. 

Negotiating Palestinian Womanhood: Encounters Between Palestinian Women and American Missionaries, 1880s-1940s, September 2016 (Lexington, Rowman and Littlefield Press).
Reviewed by:

  • Barbara Reeves-Ellington in Journal of American History, Volume 104, Issue 4, 1 March 2018, p. 1037
  • Catriona Laing, Social Sciences & Missions.Volume 31, Issue 3/4, 2018, pages 401-404.

“Muslim Women in the Diaspora: Shaping Lives and Negotiating Their Marriages” In World of Diasporas: Different Perceptions on the Concept of Diaspora, edited by Harjinder Singh Majhail and Sinan Dogan. 111-123. Leiden: Brill, Dec. 2018.

“Deconstructing the Dogma of Domesticity: Quaker Education and Nationalism in British Mandate Palestine,” The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, John Hopkins University Press, vol. 19 no. 1, 2018, (Spring 2018): 1-23

Encyclopedia Entry: “The Arab World Fest in Milwaukee,” in the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee (EMKE), June 2017.

“Strategies of Recognition’ and Palestinian Immigrant Women’s Cultural Dress:
Forging Communities and Negotiating Power Relations.” University of Leicester press, Journal of New Middle East Studies, 5 (2015): 1-15.

“Building a community Among Early Arab Immigrants in Milwaukee, 1890s-1960s,” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol., 96, No. 4, (Summer, 2013), pp. 38-49 .

“Meeting at Middle Ground: American Quaker Women’s Two Palestinian Encounters,” Jerusalem Quarterly, No. 50 (Summer 2012), pp. 47-65.

“Muslim fashion: contemporary Style Cultures,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 40 No. 8(Feb,2017), pp. 1377-1379

Book Manuscript in Progress: Arranging Marriages: Palestinian Women Transforming Gender Boundaries.

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7063

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