Salah Hassan

C641 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyEnglishGlobal Studies in Arts and Humanities

Associate Professor
Literary Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Global and Diasporic Studies; Postcolonial Studies


In addition to his position in English, Salah Hassan is core faculty in the Muslim Studies Program and in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities at MSU. His areas of research and teaching include postcolonial literature and theory, mid-20th century anticolonial intellectual movements, literatures of empire, and Arab and Muslim North American studies. His research projects have recently been oriented around the representation of Arabs and Muslims in the media and also projects of Arab and Muslim self-representation. He is the founder of the Muslim Subjects website and blog (, and coordinator of the following projects on that site: “Migrations of Islam,” “American Halal,” and “Journal/Islam.” Muslim Subjects was established with grant that he received from the Social Science Research Council in 2011. He co-curated RASHID & ROSETTA, an international online art exhibit on the theme of the Rosetta Stone, and is co-editor of a special issue of MELUS (Winter 2006) on Arab American literature.  He co-produced the short documentary film, “Death of an Imam” and is currently producing a series of documentary films on Muslims in the US.


ENG820: Postcolonial Studies and Beyond

ENG814: Echoes of Empire

ENG487: 20th Century Novel in English

ENG360: Postcolonial Literature and Theory

GSAH220: Narrative Maps of the Middle East


“Passing Away: Despair, Eulogies, and Millennial Palestine.” Biography Special Issue 36.1 (2013): 27-50.

Editor “Baleful Postcoloniality.” Biography Special Issue 36.1 (2013). 

“Infinite Hijra: Migrant Islam, Muslim American Literature, and the Anti-Mimesis of The Taqwacores. Culture, Diaspora and Modernity in Muslim Writing.” Edited by Rehana Ahmed, Peter Morey, and Amina Yaqin (Routlege: UK, 2012): 87-100.

“Displaced Nations: Israeli Settlers and Palestinian Refugees.” Studies in Settler Colonialism. Edited by Lionel Pilkington and Fiona Bateman (Palgrave: UK, 2011): 186-203. 

“Bondage.” West Coast Line 64 (Fall 2010).

“Unstated: Narrating the Lebanese Civil War.” PMLA 123.5 (2008): 1621-29.

“Other Places: Said’s Map of the Middle East.” Paradoxical Citizenship: Edward Said. Edited by Silvia Nagy-Zekmi. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2006. 221-28.

University News

Faculty Receive Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards
Published February 8, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Four faculty members from the College of Arts & Letters are being honored by the University as recipients of 2022-2023 Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards. These awards,…Read now »
MSU Receives Templeton Religion Trust Grant for Islamic Architecture, Science, and Interreligious Relations Project
Published April 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University has received a $228,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a multi-year, multi-national, multi-faceted research project on “Science, Art and Faith:…Read now »
Salah Hassan Appointed Director of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities
Published July 6, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Salah Hassan has been appointed Director of the Global Studies in Arts and Humanities (GSAH) program. This three-year appointment is effective August 16, 2020, to August 15, 2023.  Hassan…Read now »
Hassan Named Interim Director of Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities
Published August 15, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Salah D. Hassan will serve as Interim Director of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Hassan is an Associate Professor in…Read now »
Exploring the History of Muslims
Published November 3, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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“You can’t really understand the world without understanding religion,” says Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Director of the Muslim Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Religious…Read now »