Prof. Margaret Litvin with SkullMARGARET LITVIN is assistant professor of Arabic and comparative literature at Boston University. Her book, Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011), examines the many invocations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in postcolonial Arabic literature, theatre, and political discourse. Her current research focuses on Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet literary interactions during the long twentieth century.  She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center.  At BU she directs the newly created interdisciplinary major in Middle East and North Africa Studies and teaches courses on Arabic literature as well as seminars on “Global Shakespeares” and “1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination.”  See also: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” ( as well as “Global Shakespeares at BU” (