- Degree: Began PhD program in 2018
- Concentration: Transnational American Literature (20th and 21st Century)
- Advisor: Carol Fadda
Natalie G. El-Eid (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Syracuse University. A first-generation Lebanese American Druze woman, Natalie works and transforms from within a U.S. landscape, but identifies Beirut as her heart and home. Natalie received her undergraduate education at the American University of Beirut and Central Connecticut State University. She completed her master’s degree in English at SUNY Cortland.
Natalie’s research interests and work center on the transnational Arab world, memory, trauma, gender, and sexuality. She has previously written a chapter on women in the United Arab Emirates for Women’s Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (2018). She also has an article published in Mashriq and Mahjar, titled “Visual Hakawatis: Drawing Resistance in Leila Abdelrazaq's Baddawi and Malaka Gharib's I Was Their American Dream” (2022).
Natalie’s dissertation, titled “Transnational Druze and Reincarnation: Remembering, Recording, and Reconnecting,” works to both expand and reshape critical scholarship across literary, trauma, and memory studies by centering on the oft-invisibilized transnational Druze, an esoteric ethnoreligious group within origins in the Levant. Her project works interdisciplinarily across literature, film, online culture, and self-conducted oral interviews in collaboration with Druze peoples in Lebanon and the U.S.
Natalie has served as teaching assistant for courses such as Reading Popular Culture, Interpretation of New Media, Interpretation of Film, and American Cinema. She has independently instructed Interpretation of Fiction, Post-1945 American Fiction, and Introduction to Asian American Literature.
Natalie also is involved in multiple activist groups and organizations on local, national, and transnational levels. Her research and life work are centered on affirmation, transformation, and coalition.
- M.A. English, SUNY Cortland
- B.A. Psychology, Central Connecticut State