Photo of Salah Hassan. Portrait of older middle aged man with glasses, short grey hair, and wearing striped white button up.

Salah Hassan

Associate Professor
Postcolonial Studies | Arab American and Muslim American Studies

Office: C634 Wells Hall
Phone: (517) 884-4438

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Texas – Austin (1997)
M.A. Islamic Studies, McGill University (1988)

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.


“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.



ENG820: Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (SS11)
ENG814: Echoes of Empire (SS09)


ENG487: 20th Century Novel in English
ENG360: Postcolonial Literature and Theory
GSAH220: Narrative Maps of the Middle East