Shahd Alshammari

 Shahd Alshammari
  • English Literature

Areas of Expertise:
Illness narrative; Disabilty studies; Literary theory, Arab women's writing

since 2020


English Department
West Mishref
Block 5, Building 1
Gulf University for Science and Technology

+965 25307456
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About me

I am an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. My research focuses on disability studies, illness narratives, and narrative therapy. As a scholar invested in finding commonalities between Eastern and Western literature, my research interests include, but are not limited to, madness and disability in fiction, Middle Eastern literature, Victorian literature, postcolonial literature, and critical race theory. I teach both literature as well as creative writing and narrative voice, and alongside academic publications, I also write and publish creative fiction.

My motivation for becoming an AGYA member was to enter a space for interdisciplinary research. Crossing my disciplinary perimeters and working together with bright minds from the Arab region and Germany undoubtedly provides many opportunities to collaborate on exciting research.


Academic career
2016 - today Assistant Professor, Department of English, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait
2015 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Arab Open University, Kuwait
2014 Ph.D., University of Kent, England, United Kingdom
2009 M.A., University of Exeter, England, United Kingdom


On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
The Wounded Storyteller by Arthur W. Frank