Faculty / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Laila S. Dahan

Participating Adjunct and ESL Specialist

Laila S. Dahan is a Participating Adjunct Professor of Writing and the ESL Specialist. She has taught at Woodbury University since 2018.

Dr. Dahan has worked in higher education and as a teacher for over 30 years, both in the US and overseas. She has studied, lived, and worked abroad in Libya, Italy, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests are multidisciplinary and include global English, language and identity, Islam, women and Islam, and politics of the Middle East. Her scholarly research has been published in Arab World English Journal, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Nomos Journal and others, while her research chapters have been published by Routledge, Peter Lang, Springer, and John Benjamins. In 2011 she co-edited the book, Global English and Arabic: Issues of language, culture, and identity, which has been widely cited in the field of linguistics. Her latest publication is a chapter entitled “The heart of autism: Building a positive Islamic model of cognitive disability” in the edited book Toward a positive psychology of Islam and Muslims: Spirituality, struggle, and social justice, published by Springer in 2021.


PhD Applied Linguistics/Language Education – University of Exeter (UK)
M.Sc. Educational Research – University of Exeter (UK)
MA TESOL – American University of Sharjah (UAE)
MA Political Science/International Relations – Georgia State University (Atlanta)
BSLA Languages and Linguistics – Georgetown University (Washington, DC)

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