Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-551-1886
Fax: 408-554-4837
Location: St. Joseph's Hall
Room number: 305

Dr. Cynthia Mahamdi

Senior Lecturer

 Cynthia Mahamdi teaches Critical Thinking and Writing, with a thematic focus on the fictionalizing of history in novels and films; an advanced global literature course on the Middle East/Islamic World; Cultures and Ideas II (The West and Islam 1800-present); and creative writing (fiction; genre fiction). She is affiliated faculty of the Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) minor and Multicultural Learning, and is faculty adviser for the United Middle East, an SCU student club. 

 Cynthia completed her PhD in English (post-colonial literature and creative writing) at the University at Albany in 2005, where her dissertation won the College of Arts and Sciences award for best dissertation.  She has lived and taught for several years in Europe, including stints at the University of Bergen in Norway and the University of Paris.

Research Interests 

Cynthia's research and creative work are in historical fiction and film and the contemporary literature/film of the Arab World.  She has given papers at several conferences, including those of the Associated Writing Programs, on various aspects of contemporary historical fiction, including its uses in college writing pedagogy.   She is currently working on a documentary film project focusing on the cultural influences of the Arab world on Europe from the medieval to early modern eras and is seeking publication of her historical novel, The Renegado, an inverted captivity tale set in North Africa in the nineteenth century.
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