Our Team


Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani (Interim 2020-2021)

Associate Professor, World Literature

What intrigues Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani about world literature is that it tells the story of stories: the life literature acquires when it is translated into different languages and as it begins to speak to the spirit of different times and cultures. Her research focuses on the movement of literature between Iran and Germany, which exposes world literature as a form of cultural resistance. She has published on Goethe’s conception of world literature with respect to his engagement with Hafez; Nietzsche’s appropriation of Zarathustra in the context of moral philosophy and power; and the influence of Heidegger and Marx on the Islamic Revolution. Her latest research looks at the role world literature played before and after the Islamic Revolution, and the ways in which religion and technology become weaponized in post-colonial discourse. In her teaching she enjoys exploring themes around technology and culture, revolution, exile and migration, money and power, creativity and the work of art, and love.

Amal Ghazal (on leave 2020-2022)

Amal Ghazal was born and raised in Lebanon, where she attended the American University of Beirut and earned a BA in History. She moved to Canada in 1996. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Alberta, and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. She was a faculty member in the History Department at Dalhousie University between 2006 and 2017. She specializes in the history of the Middle East and Muslim societies in Africa. Her writings have covered several regions, including the western Indian Ocean, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

} A conversation with Dr. Amal Ghazal

Advisory Committee

Evdoxios Doxiadis

Lecturer, History Department

Dr. Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Adel Iskandar

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Paul Sedra

Associate Professor, History


Aslam Bulbulia

Community Engagement Initiatives

Alyssa Quan

Coordinator, Communication & Events

Janine-Marie Conrad

Program Assistant

Research Assistants

Amal Javed Abdullah

Research Assistant

Amal is a recent SFU graduate who studied French, sustainable development and entrepreneurship. She is also active at Solid State Industries, where she works with Open City Events, a coop that plans events that serve a social or community purpose. At the moment, she is working on her personal project, Imagination Station Podcast, a storytelling platform for kids, by kids, where children aged nine to fourteen share their own original short stories. In her spare time, Amal can be found reading or listening to a good book or taking a bike ride around her neighborhood. 

Cameron Blom

Research Assistant

Born and raised between British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Cameron is an avid hiker, volunteer, and a BA candidate at Simon Fraser University majoring in history and pursuing a specialization in that department in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies. A longtime and passionate student of history having grown up reading voraciously, debating current affairs, and closely following international and political developments at home and abroad, Cameron has also previously worked for the provincial and federal governments conducting research, community engagement, and communications for elected officials.

In Partnership with Agha Khan University

Scarlet Chemarum


AKU Reciprocal Internship Program 

Sabrina Najib Zahor


AKU Reciprocal Internship Program