Shahreena Shahrani

Shahreena Shahrani

Shahreena Shahrani

Lecturer, Arabic Language

374 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Ethnography of youth urban life in the Arab World
  • Classical and Modern Arabic popular narratives
  • Ethnographic approaches to popular narratives
  • Cultural Anthropology of Contemporary Muslim societies


  • Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., French and Political Science, Denison University

Shahreena Shahrani is a lecturer in OSU's NELC department.  As a teacher, host, and guide to Arab societies, she aims to motivate students to think critically and communicate effectively inside and outside the classroom.  Her teaching style integrates cultural elements, media, and learning games, and invites students to ask questions about and discuss beyond the traditional bounds of grammar and cultural perspectives.  Shahreena has taught courses in beginning and intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, contemporary Arab culture, and literature and cultures of the Islamic world.

As a scholar, her research delves into different forms of narratives about contemporary Arab youth cultures (interviews, music, literature, and art), especially those concerning the relationship between informal and formal politics in the Middle East.  She wants to know more about how the responses of Jordanian youths to socioeconomic challenges impact their ongoing pursuit for “good society,” how their responses are affected by internal and external actors and factors, and how and where they negotiate, perform, and express politics.