Yaqub is Professor of Arabic language and culture and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while also serving as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature.
Dr. Yaqub’s research has treated Arab cultural texts ranging from medieval literature and contemporary oral poetry to modern prose fiction and visual culture. She is the author of Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art: Palestinian Oral Poetry Dueling in the Galilee (Brill 2006).
Most recently, she has focused on two distinct areas of inquiry: Palestinian visual culture, and women and transgression in the Arab world, and has published a book in each of these areas: Bad Girls of the Arab World, which was co-edited with Rula Quawas, and Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution. In spring 2019 she curated the Gaza on Screen film festival for Columbia University.