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Al-Nakib, Farah

Assistant Professor, History
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Farah Al-Nakib is Assistant Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until 2018, she was Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. Al-Nakib received her PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2011. Her book Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life, published in 2016 by Stanford University Press, analyzes the urban social history of Kuwait before and after oil, and won the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies first book award. Her current research analyzes collective memory, forgetting, and nostalgia in the Arab Gulf, with particular focus on both the advent of oil modernity and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As a founding member of Cal Poly’s Public Humanities Collaborative, Al-Nakib is also currently involved in developing oral history and storytelling projects among underrepresented communities living on California’s central coast.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Identity/Representation   
Urban Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Gulf Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Gulf   
Kuwait   
SPECIALTIES
Role of nat'l heritage sites   
Soc/pol dynamics of public/private spaces &spheres   
Hist of urbanization & urbanism in Kuwait City   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Native)   
French (Intermediate)   
Hindi (Fluent)   
Italian (Advanced)   
English (Native)   
EDUCATION
PhD2011HistorySchool of Oriental and African Studies
MA2006HistorySchool of Oriental and African Studies
BA2001History & JournalismGeorge Washington University
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Farah Al-Nakib






Kuwait
Phone:+965-65793103
falnakib@calpoly.edu