College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Women's and Gender Studies > Faculty > Laila Farah
Dr. Farah attended Lebanese American University and Eastern Michigan University while working toward her BA in Theatre and Communication Arts and her MA in Performance Studies and Communication. She received her Doctorate in Performance Studies from Southern Illinois University. She is currently an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University and working on future performance pieces in Chicago, nationally and internationally, as well as touring with her latest production of “Weaving the Maps,” based on refugee women’s narratives from Syria, Iraq, and Palestine. She has performed two previous one woman shows nationally and internationally, entitled, “Shaping the World With Our Hands” and “Living in the Hyphen-Nation.” Her research interests include research with and the performance of “Third World” women and women of color, postcolonial identities and “alien-nation,” and ethnographic and auto-ethnographic performance. She is dedicated to her activism toward social justice, with an emphasis on gender justice and anti-racist and anti-imperialist and anti-settler-colonial oppressions. Dr. Farah has taught such courses as the Cultural Politics of the Performing Arts, Women in the Middle East, Gender, Agency, and Social Change, Women and War, and Transnational Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at Eastern Michigan University, Southern Illinois University, SUNY Potsdam, and DePaul University.
"Shaping the World with Our Hands" has been performed at the following universities and spaces [selected listing]: