Deborah Lindsay Williams is a member of the literature faculty of NYU Abu Dhabi. She writes a bi-weekly column for The National in Abu Dhabi, and is currently co-editing, with Cyrus R. K. Patell, The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume Eight: US Fiction after 1940. She has published numerous essays and book chapters on US women writers, and has political and humor writing collected in several different anthologies. Her book Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Zona Gale, Willa Cather, and the Politics of Female Authorship was published in 2001.


Chiran Raj Pandey is a student of Literature and Creative Writing at NYU Abu Dhabi. His artistic practices include fiction, poetry, literary and cultural criticism, theater, and music.


Aathma Nirmala Dious is a Literature and Creative writing major at New York University, Abu Dhabi. A soul that has a deep love for stories, she writes spoken word, fantasy fiction and personal essays.  Her cultural/national Identity is a bit mixed-up from being an Indian (Malayalee) expat  born and brought up in Abu Dhabi, an intersection that inspires some of her work. She also likes  photography, her violin, movies, and advocating for POC representation in the arts. .


Joey Bui is a Vietnamese Australian writer. She graduated from NYUAD with a literature major and is currently a student at Harvard Law School. Her first book, a collection of short stories, will be published in the coming year.


Gabrielle Flores graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2018, majoring in Literature and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching films and talking about books amongst other things and is starting to realize that her only talent is making bad puns. She is currently a freelance journalist in the Philippines.

Nikolaj Nielsen is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2018 with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing. His interests include contemporary culture, New World Literature, and emerging strategies for literary studies. Contact him at nnielsen[at]stanford.edu.

Grega Ulen is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2017. He works on postcolonial Francophone, Arabic, and South Slavic literatures and cultures, with specific interests in the theories and imaginaries of the world, cultural translation, decolonization, and non-Western Marxisms and feminisms.

Katherine Schaap Williams is Assistant Professor of Literature at  the University of Toronto. She is a specialist in the early modern period, whose research and teaching focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama and its cross-cultural adaptations, disability studies, and performance theory.



Cyrus R. K. Patell is  Global Network Professor of Literature at NYU Abu Dhabi and Professor of English at NYU New York. His most recent books are Emergent U.S. Literatures (NYU Press) and Cosmopolitanism and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan). For more information: patell dot net.


Sheetal Majithia is Assistant Professor of Literature at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her work focuses on globalization, comparative post-colonial literature, film, theory, and South Asia; she is currently at work on a manuscript entitled  “Modernity and Melodrama.” She has taught courses such as “Rethinking Secularism Through Global Fiction,” “The Postcolonial Turn,”  “Global Traffic,” “Journeys,” and “Literary Interpretation.” She co-founded the Global Studies Colloquium in 2010. She is a co-founder of Electra Street and served as Managing Editor from Fall 2010 to Spring 2012.