Kimberly Wedeven Segall, Ph.D.

Seattle Pacific University 3307 Third Ave W. Seattle WA 98119-1922

Phone: 206-281-2040 fax: 206-281-2335 email:

Professional Experience and Education

Professor of English, Seattle Pacific University, 2001-2015

Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies, University of Washington, 2005-2015

Northwestern University Ph.D. English Literature, Postcolonial Studies emphasis, June 2001

South Africa and Spain/Morocco Study Abroad Programs, Research Experience in South Africa, Iraq, Morocco, 1994-2015

Recent Publications

  1. Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa: Gender, Media, and Resistance, Syracuse University Press, November 2013.
  2. “Contestational Spaces and the Nervous Conditions of Postcolonial Theories,” Teaching the African Novel, edited by Gaurav Desai (MLA / Modern Language Association Series, 2009), 371-385. 32.
  3. “Melancholy Ties: Inter-generational Loss and Exile in Persepolis,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 28.1 (2008), 38-49.
  4. "Collective Mourning Practices in Iraq and South Africa," Lamentations in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts, edited by Nancy Lee and Carleen Mandolfo (Atlanta: SBL, 2008), 177-194.
  5. “Postmodern Mourning in Durrant’s Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning,” Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Writing, and Politics 26.3 (2006): 706-714.
  6. “Story and Song in Iraq and South Africa: From Individual to Collective Mourning Performances,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 25:1 (2005): 138-151.
  7. “Pursuing Ghosts: The Traumatic Sublime in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace,” Research in African Literatures, 36:4 (2005): 40-54.
  8. “Postcolonial Performatives of Victimization,” Public Culture 38 (2002): 617-619.
Select Conference Papers:
  1. "Emergent Sectarianism and Trans-National Tremors in Iraq," Henry Jackson International School, University of Washington, New Voices Series, May 6, 2015.
  2. "Hope for Israel/Palestine?" For Such a Time as This, Seattle Pacific University Conference, May 5, 2015.
  3. "Trans-National South Africa: Performing Changing Ideas of Race, Gender, and Democracy," April 23, 2015, University of Washington, Sponsored by GWS, History, and African Studies Dept
  4. "Choices Across the Wall: Another Look at The Other Son, Middle East Focus Film Series Talks. Skinner Hall, Seattle, WA. March Film Series Talks, 2015.
  5. "Performing Democracy: Stories of Muslim Women's Protest," Creative Conversations Forum, Seattle Pacific University, May 8, 2014.
  6. "Arab Spring or Arab Winter: Hope for Democracy?" Center for Scholarship Development and Perkins Reconciliation Center event, Upper Gwinn, May 19, 2014.
  7. "Testimonies of Refugees and Stories of Iraq after ISIS," Interfaith Network of Concern for the people of the Iraq, INOC Guest Speaker, February 7, 2015.
  8. "Crossing Cultural Divides: Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Arica," Presentation for College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Retreat, Upper Gwinn, September 11, 2014.8
  9. Re-thinking Power and Powerlessness: Listening to Iraqi Voices in Blogs from Baghdad, Day of Common Learning, SPU Presentation, October 22, 2014.
  10. "Of the Persecuted," talk with Peter Ilginfritz, and workshop forum of "Poetry of Iraq with Khawla Hadi and Marwa al-Mtowaq," UCUCC, November 9, 2014.
  11. "Race in America after Ferguson," Presentation, Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University, October 28, 2014.
  12. "Anti-Apartheid Theater in South Africa and Palestine," MLA/Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada, January 10, 2014.
  13. "War Blogs from Baghdad: Revisioning Sectarian and Gendered Strife," MLA/Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada, January 10, 2014.
  14. "Baghdad Burning: Sectarian Developments and the Witness of Blogs," American University of Sulamanya, Iraq, November 23, 2014.
  15. "Re-visioning Iran through the Graphic Memoir of Persepolis," University of Hawler, Erbil, Iraq, October 14, 2014.
  16. “Challenging Sectarian Media: Iraqi Voices and Nine Parts of Desire,” MLA / Modern Language Association, January 6, 2011.
  17. “Feminist Melancholia: Public and Virtual Identities in Baghdad Burning,” MESA/ Middle East Studies Association Conference, November 20, 2010.
  18. “Iraqi Voices: Refugee Stories,” Reconciliation Studies Panel, Reconciliation Conference, Seattle Pacific University, 2009.
  19. “Collective Melancholy: Generations and Collective Identification in Persepolis,” MESA/Middle East Studies Conference, Nov 21, 2008.
  20. “Performing Loss, Claiming Identity: Raffo’s Depiction of Iraqi Women,” MESA/ Middle East Studies Conference, MESA, Nov 20, 2007.
  21. “Transitional Identities at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” African Studies Conference, University of Washington, April 20, 2007.
  22. “Iraq in Fragments,” Panel Speaker, International Justice Film Festival, Univ. of Washington, April 14, 2007.
  23. “Social (In)justice and the Spectacular Gaze: Marjane Satrapi and Inter-generational Trauma,” Feminist Dialogues on Social Justice, University of Washington, Oct 28-29, 2006.
  24. “Witnessing Bodies: The Unveiled and Violated Portraits of Satrapi’s Persepolis,” MLA/ Modern Language Association Conference, Washington DC, December 27, 2005.
  25. “The Politics of Healing: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” African Studies Conference, Nov. 2005.
  26. “The Nobel Prize Winner and the Politics of Disgrace,” MLA/ Modern Language Association, Dec. 27, 2004.

Grants / Fellowships

Lily Endowment SERVE Iraq Women and Iraqi Voices Workshop, 2009

Seattle Pacific University Faculty Grant, Women's Studies and Middle East, 2006

Seattle Pacific University Faculty Research Grant, 2002-2003, 2003-2004

Lily Endowment Grant (SERVE) for South Africa Study Program, 2003

Women’s Study Grant for Ethnic Studies Curriculum, 2002

Dissertation Year Fellowship Research South Africa, 1999 - 2001

Directed Performances / Reconciliation  workshops / videos

Reconciliation Workshop, BISK International School, Erbil, Iraq, 2014

South Africa—Directed Khumbulani Xhosa Survivors of Violence Performance Trauma Center, Cape Town, South Africa, 1999-2000

Performance Interviews Video for Khumbulani, Trauma Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 1999; 2003

Theatre for Reconciliation Conference / Practitioner Workshop, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, December, 2000

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA) 2000-2015

African Studies Association (ASA) 2000-2005

Middle East Studies Associations 2006-2015