Amal Amireh is associate professor of postcolonial literature at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Born and raised in El Bireh, Palestine, Amireh received her B.A. in English Literature from Birzeit University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston University. Before joining the faculty of George Mason University, Amireh taught at An-Najah National University and Birzeit University. She is author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Garland 2000), and is co-editor, with Lisa Suhair Majaj, of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland 2000) and Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland, 2002). Her essay "Between Complicity and Subversion: Body Politics in the Palestinian National Narrative" (South Atlantic Quarterly 102 (2003): 745-770) won the 2004 Florence Howe Award, presented by the Women's Caucus of the Modern Language Association for best article from a feminist perspective.
Amireh's writings on Arab women and Arabic literature have appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Against the Current, The Women's Review of Books, World Literature Today, and Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures. She is the author of "Improvisations: Arab Woman Progressive Voice," a blog about Arab women, Palestine, and cultural politics. Her current research focuses on Palestinian literature, gender, nationalism, and Islam and Arabic literature in postcolonial contexts. Amireh currently lives in Washington, DC.