We are pleased to announce that Johanna Sellman will be joining our staff as our new Middle East and Islamic Studies Subject Specialist.

       Johanna comes to the Libraries with a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Carleton College. She is presently on the threshold of completing her doctoral program in comparative literature at the University of Texas at Austin with special research interests focused on the role that literature has played in imagining, contesting, and reformulating notions of citizenship, nation, and gender in the modern Arab world.  Johanna has also studied at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo.

      Since 2010, Johanna has been working as a lecturer at OSU/Newark in the Department of Comparative Studies. She is bilingual in English and Swedish; fluent in French and Modern Standard Arabic, and has advanced proficiency in Egyptian Arabic and Spanish.

        Johanna brings a unique set of skills and life experiences to her job. In addition to growing up in the Middle East, she has lived in Morocco and Egypt, taught Arabic at the college level, and worked as an Arabic/English translator. 

       The Libraries’ Middle East Studies collection is distinctive, reflecting the prominence of the university’s Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. In this position, Johanna will be leading the Libraries’ engagement and collection building in these areas to advance discovery and learning in this information-rich environment. 

       Johanna will be responsible for building and managing a distinctive, interdisciplinary, responsive research collection in a wide range of languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Persian and English in support of distinguished academic and teaching programs. She will work closely with faculty, students and other scholars to provide proactive Middle East Studies research support and innovative instruction in collaboration with Teaching and Learning, Research Services and the Scholarly Resource Integration departments.

 Johanna will begin her duties with us on May 1.