Middle East Studies

Gregory Halaby

Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature

Department: Comparative Literature


Gregory Halaby’s research interests include Arabic literary, intellectual, and cultural history that spans the modern and pre-modern divide. His PhD dissertation from Harvard University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, focuses on the early stages of the nahda or Arabic literary renaissance through the lens of Muhammad ‘Ayyad al-Tantawi’s life, works, and vast network.

His interest in Arabic literature and Middle Eastern Studies stretches back to when he postponed his undergraduate education to travel the Arab world and to study intensively a language of intellectual and personal significance to him. Since then, Greg has earned degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard, while traveling back to Egypt and Syria to pursue fellowships at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Cairo, and at the French Institute in Damascus.

Greg has taught Middle Eastern studies, comparative literature, Arabic, Persian, and post-colonial studies at Harvard, Brown, and the American Institute in Aix-en-Provence.