About

Thanks for visiting my webpage!

I work in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. My academic background is in comparative contemporary postcolonial fiction from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia, however my most recent work and research focuses on children’s literature and the study of childhood. I am most interested in experimental narrative, stories about immigrants and refugees, youth coping with disability, and literature of / about the MENA region and its diaspora.

I have interviewed New York Times bestselling children’s authors for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and have publications in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS), the Horn Book Magazine, the Horn Book‘s “Family Reading” blog, Mondoweiss, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and others.

I’m an avid runner, swimmer, and corgi enthusiast!

I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line at: julie (dot) azzam (at sign) gmail (dot) com

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