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Rachel Green

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Israel/Palestine Studies

Professor Green's research interests include Modern Arabic and Hebrew literature and film, Empathy and Affect, Memory, Environmental Humanities, and Translation Studies. Her current book project, tentatively entitled Towards an Ethics of Intersubjectivity: Affective Textures of Empathy in Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature and Film, seeks to bring the Middle East into broader theoretical and interdisciplinary conversations concerning the promise and peril of feeling empathically across lines of ethnolinguistic difference. Specifically, her project takes the Palestine/Israel conflict and concomitant traumas of Holocaust and Nakba as a starting point for a critical analysis of the possibilities and limitations of writing the intersubjective in the Mashriq and the Arab Gulf from 1880 through the present.

She has presented her work at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH). 

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she served as Lecturer of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Damascus, Syria. 


B.A. University of Chicago (2008); M.A. University of Texas at Austin (2013); Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2017).