Jonathan Smolin

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies


Reed, Room 320
HB 6178


Middle Eastern Studies


The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture (Indiana University Press, 2013). Winner, 2014 L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize for North African Studies.

  • "Didactic Entertainment: The Moroccan Police Journal and the Origins of the Arabic Police Procedural,"Internatonal Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (IJMES) 45 (2013): 695-714.

  • "Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference" in Contemporary Arab Filmmakers: Political Protest and Social Critique, edited by Josef Gugler (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), 214-240.

  • Translation and Introduction of Youssef Fadel, A Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me: A Novel (Hoopoe, 2016).

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