Zalfa Feghali is a Senior Lecturer in Modern American Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Early Career Representative on the Executive Committee of BAAS (2013-2015). Zalfa joined the American Studies programme in Canterbury after receiving her PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham (2013). Her book, Crossing Borders and Queering Citizenship: Civic Reading Practice and Contemporary American and Canadian Writing is forthcoming with Manchester University Press and she is currently working on the use of the obviative form in contemporary Indigenous writing.

There’s still more to be done, says Zalfa Feghali at the end of her two year term as BAAS ECR Representative

In April 2013 Zalfa Feghali was elected Early Career Representative for the British Association for American Studies. At the end of her term she joined U.S. Studies Online co-editor Michelle Green to discuss her time in the post, why she lobbied for this position in the BAAS exec, and where her successor can go from here. Continue reading

60 Seconds With Zalfa Feghali

What advice would you give to early career academics?

“Unfortunately, ECR is often understood to be shorthand for unemployed academic. That’s (obviously) rubbish and can be really reductive, since it divides ECRs up rather than focuses on what common experiences they might have. What ECR actually means is that you’re way more energetic and enthusiastic than many academics you’ll encounter (that will sometimes include other ECRs).” Continue reading