Jonathan Smolin

|Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Academic Appointments

Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies


201A Bartlett Hall
HB 6178


Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages


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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