Mounir Khélifa, PhD


A native of Tunisia, Dr. Mounir Khélifa studied English at Tunis University and the Sorbonne and received his MA and PhD from Yale. A professor of English language and literature for more than three decades, he has taught poetry, poetics, and comparative literature at Tunis University. He has been director of English graduate studies at the University of Manouba and senior advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, responsible for cooperation with foreign institutions and curricular reform. In 2012, he was made a lifetime member of the Tunisian Academy for the Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

In addition to designing the program’s academic and field components, Dr. Khélifa advises students, drawing on his understanding of U.S. and Tunisian higher education systems, his knowledge of Tunisian culture, and his wide range of contacts.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Developing and Maintaining Collaborative Relations in Humanitarian Action

Undergraduate Courses
Research Methods and Ethics

Select Publications

Khélifa, M. (1992). Social commitment in post-war British drama: Aspects and limits. University of Tunis Press.

Chaabane, S. (2004). Hannibal redux: The revival of modern Tunisia (M. Khélifa, Trans.). Centre de Press Universitaire. (Original work published 1997)


  • PhD, English, Yale University
  • MA, English, Yale University
  • BA, English, Sorbonne University
Mounir Khélifa, PhD

SIT Study Abroad

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TUNISIA and ITALY: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

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