Leila Ben-Nasr

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies


  • PhD, English, The Ohio State University, 2019

  • MA, English, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2004 

  • BA, English and psychology, Westminster College, 1997


Leila Ben-Nasr is a visiting assistant professor of comparative American studies. She completed her Ph.D. in English at The Ohio State University in 2019. She is currently working on a book project that examines the narrative space of childhood in 21st century anglophone Arab literature in the diaspora. Her research interests include comparative U.S. ethnic literature, 20th/21st century American literature, Arab American studies, Asian American studies, postcolonial and diaspora literature, and folklore studies. Leila began her career in urban public education, the majority of which she spent as a high school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate English teacher at John Piersol McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Fall 2023

Asian American Experiments in Life Writing — CAST 245
Arab and Muslim American Studies — CAST 265
Afro-Asian America: Intraminority Connections in Historical Perspective — CAST 382
Afro-Asian America: Intraminority Connections in Historical Perspective — HIST 382

Spring 2024

Introduction to Comparative American Studies — CAST 100
Asian American Reckonings: An Introduction to Asian American Studies — CAST 248