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Moreland Hall 238

2550 SW Jefferson Way

2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Curriculum Vitae: 
Ph.D. – University of Washington, 1976
M.A. – Kent State University, 1971
B.A. – Ohio State University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,1968
Diploma, Sorbonne, University of Paris, 1966


  • 2017 Faculty Expert on Tunisia, NEH Summer Institute:  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia:  The Voice of Women in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence, Oregon State University (Summer 2017)
  • 2015 Seminar on the World Social Forum in Tunisia 2013 and 2015. Honors College, OSU (Winter 2015)
  • Study Abroad in Tunisia: World Social Forum (March 2015)
  • 2014 –Present:  Principal Consultant, Traveled-Waters Associates
  • 2014 Visiting Professor, Graduate Program in Inter-Cultural Studies University of Tunis-El Manar (Fall 2014)
  • 2011-Present: Consultant, Culture Bridge International
  • 2011-Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature, OSU
  • 2007-2010 Professor, English, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 2004-2015 Co-Director, Study Abroad Programs in Tunisia
  • 2003 Acting Director, Center for the Humanities, OSU
  • 1988-89: Faculty Associate to the Provost and Academic Vice-President, OSU
  • 1987-2006 Associate Professor, English, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 1979-1986  Assistant Professor, English, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 1976-79 Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Honors and Awards: 
  • OSU Woman of Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the Status of Women (2007).
  • OSU International Service Award (2006).
  • Speaking tour, Morocco (Fez, Meknes, and Rabat) invited and funded by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (February 2002).
  • Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the students of the Equal Opportunities Program (1994).
  • C. Warren Hovland Service Award, College of Liberal Arts (1993).
  • Burlington Northern Award for Faculty Excellence (1986).
  • Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe & Harvard University (1983-84).

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Sch of Wrtg Lit & Film
Courses Taught: 

Some of Laura Rice’s Recent activities include

  • Faculty Expert on Tunisia, NEH Summer Institute:  Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia:  The Voice of Women in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence, Oregon State University Summer 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Scheherazade and Sustainable Development,” co-presenter Mounira Hejaiej, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, seminar on Fatima Mernissi for Our Time, University of California-Berkeley, October 7-8, 2016.
  • Invited Panelist, “Experts' Workshop on Jobs and Employment,” sponsored by The Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF), the BMW Foundation, and Global Project Partners e.V. Tunis, Tunisia. Roundtable discussions among 15 experts on Tunisia, July 27-30, 2016.
  • Course: “The World Social Forum: Dimensions of the Social Justice Movement in Theory and in Practice,” co-taught with Karim Hamdy (Honors College, OSU & Tunisia, 2015)
  • Keynote Lecture, “The Art of Juxtaposition: Arab American Writing and Cultural Code-Switching,” Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines de Tunis, April 09, 2015.
  • Course: “The British Empire and Colonial Literature,” Graduate Program in Intercultural Studies, ISSHT, University of Tunis I-El Manar, October-November, 2014.
  • Exhibit: Co-Curated with Karim Hamdy, "Popular Expression in Tunisia: From Handicraft to Calligraffiti," OSU Memorial Union Concourse, June 23 - July 17, 2014.
  • Keynote Lecture, “The Act of Writing & the Arab Spring: Rupture, Resonance, Rebirth,” Le Kef Institute, Univ. of Jendouba-Tunisia, March 06, 2014.
Research/Career Interests: 

Laura Rice’s research interests have focused on cross-cultural relations, academic exchange and social justice in an international context. Holding the PhD in Comparative Literature, she has written on North Africa, gender, literacy, postcolonial literature and sustainable development. Her books include a special tri-lingual Anthology of Contemporary Tunisian Poetry, edited and translated for Pacifica: Poetry International with Karim Hamdy (2015), translations of Malika Mokeddem’s memoir My Men (U Nebraska Press, 2009) and her novel Century of Locusts, both co-translated with Karim Hamdy (U Nebraska Press, 2006), literary criticism, Of Irony and Empire: the Transcultural Invention of Contemporary North Africa (SUNY Press, 2007 and 2008) and Departures: Selected Writings of Isabelle Eberhardt, followed by critical essays on Eberhardt’s work, co-written and translated with Karim Hamdy(City Lights Press, 1994). Laura Rice has been Principal Investigator and key personnel on federal projects funded by The Department of Education, Department of State, WID & USAID and NEH as well as being awarded grants by Fulbright, NEH, the National Council on U.S.-Arab relations, the Bunting Institute (Radcliffe-Harvard), among others.


Revolutions in Tunisian Poetry, inaugural issue of Pacifica Poetry International (2015). Open Access link: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59750

“Isabelle: A Man from Algeria: A Response to Verna A. Foster’s ‘Reinventing Isabelle Eberhardt: Rereading Timberlake Wertenbaker’s New Anatomies.’” Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, 18.1-3 (2008/2009): 259-75.

“Situating Senior Women in the Literacy Landscape of North Africa,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 190 (2008): 27-47. Co-author Karim Hamdy.

“Of Heterotopias and Ethnoscapes: The Production of Space in Postcolonial North Africa,” Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture (2003), 36-75.