Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed

Job title: 
Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Culture
Comparative Literature

Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Culture in the Department of Comparative Literature. He obtained his B.A. in 2009 from the University of Tunis and his Master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. In 2022, he completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His research focuses on modern Arabic literature and thought, with particular interest in questions of temporality, receptions of the ontological and ethical theories of Islamic philosophy and Sufism, and literary engagements with neoliberal economy and politics. His current book project studies the post-1967 wave of Arab self-critique and the intellectual and literary debates on Islamic concepts of time that emerged in this period. His work has appeared in such journals as Middle East Critique, Arab Studies Journal, and The Journal of North African Studies, as well as in edited collections.