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Almas Khan


ESL Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of California - Irvine; J.D., University of Chicago; Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia

Almas Khan is a Fellow at the Center for Legal English Studies at Georgetown Law and a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of...

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Almas Khan is a Fellow at the Center for Legal English Studies at Georgetown Law and a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia. Her scholarship probes the synergies and tensions between literary and legal discourse and forms, focusing on modern and contemporary Anglophone literature and poetry and poetics. Almas’s dissertation, A Fraught Inheritance: Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Forging of American Democracy, is the first monograph-length conceptualization of two seminal, roughly contemporaneous movements in American law and letters. Almas has published law, literature, and law and literature articles in several journals, including “Poetic Justice: Slavery, Law, and the (Anti-)Elegiac Form in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!” in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry (2015). Her essay “The Social Justice-Legal Justice Cleavage in Modern American Literature” is forthcoming in the anthology Social Justice and American Literature (Salem Press). Almas holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School as well as a B.A. in English from Stanford University (with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors) and an M.A. in English from the University of California - Irvine (thesis with distinction). She has relished teaching law, literature, and composition courses as well as editing legal journals and books since 2006.

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