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Sleiman El Hajj


Multimedia Journalism


Assistant Professor, Creative and Journalistic Writing

Contact Data:

Email: sleiman.elhajj@lau.edu.lb
LinkedIn: Dr. Sleiman El-Hajj
Office: Nicol 319 - Ext: 1238 - Beirut Campus


B.S. Biology, American University of Beirut (2004)
B.A. English Literature and Minor in American Studies, American University of Beirut (2006)
M.A. English Literature, American University of Beirut (2008)
Ph.D. Creative Writing, University of Gloucestershire (2017)

  • Sleiman El Hajj holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing at LAU. He studied Creative Writing at Exeter College, the University of Oxford (2014), and completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire in England (2013-2017). His PhD specialism combines fiction, life writing, and 21st-century world literature. His academic interests are interdisciplinary, and he holds degrees in Creative Writing, English and American literature, American Studies, and Biology. Dr. El Hajj was the lead Archival Indexing Consultant for the Emile Bustani Foundation (2008-2013). In this capacity, he produced the Index for the Emile Bustani Archives, accessible digitally at the Jafet Library in AUB. The latter amount to 38,042 pages of trilingual archival material, including documents pertaining to the oil industry and to building the infrastructure in the Gulf in the middle of the last century, political and state correspondence, international public relations with investors and politicians in the U.S. and the UK, local earthquakes and natural disasters, and extensive newspaper coverage, both in local and foreign press. Prior to this appointment, El Hajj was Staff Writer for the Office of Information and Public Relations at AUB, writing more than 100 news articles between 2004 and 2008.
  • Hajj’s output spans creative and critical research and has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as Excursions (the University of Sussex) and Life Writing (Taylor and Francis: Routledge), and in short story collections and anthologies such as Crooked Holster, and Prole: Poetry and Prose. Most Recent Publication Sleiman El Hajj (2018): Rewriting Home: A Life Writing Study in Post-Postwar Lebanon, Life Writing, 15 (2). DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1396525. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2017.1396525
  • JSC 220 News Writing & Reporting

    ENG 333 Fiction Writing

    ENG 216 Introduction to Literature

  • Teaching Recognition: Since July 2015, El Hajj has been Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a professional body that monitors and promotes teaching quality in universities across the UK.