Gendered Higher Education in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan Series

Representative image - Women and young girls listen to activists in a Kurdish village (2021).

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Dr. Lynn Rose

Dr. Lynn Rose joined the faculty at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, in 2016 following twenty years as a teacher-scholar in the U.S. and Germany. She has won several teaching awards, including the CASE (Carnegie) Professor of the Year for Missouri, and has served as a Fulbright Scholar and a Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Rose teaches the history and humanities of the premodern world; her scholarship focuses on disability studies in the ancient Graeco-Roman world and, more recently, on the modern world and the global South. Her work almost always overlaps with gender studies. Her current research looks at gender and institutionalized life in Kurdistan, in particular in prisons and mental institutions, and at disability activism and advocacy in Kurdistan, especially as it relates to education. She teaches Disability Studies as part of the gender minor at AUIS.

Dr. Choman Hardi

Dr. Choman Hardi, who serves as Associate Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, returned home to teach English and gender studies at AUIS after 26 years of living abroad. Her main research interest is gender equity in the MENA region. She researches and teaches poetry, feminist literature, feminist literary criticism, gender and genocide, masculinity, symbolic reparation, and women’s activism. For her post-doctoral research she was awarded a Study Abroad Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust and was a visiting scholar at the Uppsala Program for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The resulting book, ‘Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq’ (Routlege, 2011), was named a UK Core Title by the Yankee Book Peddler. She founded AUIS’s Center for Gender and Development studies (CGDS) in 2015. Two years later, CGDS announced the establishment of the first interdisciplinary gender studies minor in Iraq. Dr. Hardi’s poetry has appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Washington Square Review, Exiled Ink, and Modern Poetry in Translation. Her English collections were published by Bloodaxe Books. Poems from her first collection, Life For Us (2004), were selected for UK’s English GCSE syllabus in 2010. Her second collection, Considering The Women (2015), received a Recommendation from the Poetry Book Society and was shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her translation of Sherko Bekas’s Butterfly Valley (Arc Publishing, 2018) won a PEN Translates Award.