Sami Alkyam joined the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in the Fall of 2012. He studies Arabic and Anglophone and Francophone literature from Africa and the Arab world, with an emphasis on contemporary Arabic novel, culture, and film. Alkyam holds two Masters, the first of which is in applied linguistics and the second in African Languages and Literature. His current research interests include depictions of dictators and tyranny in the Arabic novel. He is also interested in literary translation, language teaching, second language acquisition, and the use of technology in instruction.