Khaled Al Hilli teaches Arabic at New York University and completing a doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center on the post 2003 Iraqi novel. His research is a comparative examination of literary narratives written by Iraqi and American writers, primarily from 2003 to the present. In addition to exploring the interplay between space and memory in contemporary Iraqi novels, his research explores fiction as an indicator of social, political and historical imaginaries, and explores its role in the construction of racial and national identity in the US, as well as the socio-economic factors involved in the construction of literary and cultural paradigms.