Dr. Mais T. Al-Khateeb

Mais T. Al-Khateeb
College of Arts & Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET A616
Phone: 323-343-4154 Email: [email protected]


Dr. Mais T. Al-Khateeb is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Her research engages questions about rhetorics of transnational feminism, disability, posthumanism, new materialism, and feminist phenomenology. Dr. Al-Khateeb’s book project tracks the circulation of screening rhetorics targeting Syrian refugees in the wake of the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. She develops a methodology of encounter to account for how bodies, human and nonhuman, travel and become rhetorically (im)possible in different geopolitical contexts. Dr. Al-Khateeb has taught a wide range of courses, including first-year writing, writing in the humanities and social sciences, as well as scientific and technical writing.


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, New Mexico State University 
  • M.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, New Mexico State University
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Al al-Bayt University

Courses Taught

ENGL 2030: Introduction to Technical Writing
ENGL 3000: English Tutorial: Reading and Writing in the Major
ENGL 3100: Readings on the English Language 
ENGL 5050: Seminar: Topics in Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
ENGL 5990: Thesis (Supervision) 


Al-Khateeb, Mais T. "Toward a Rhetorical Account of Refugee Encounters: Biometric Screening Technologies and Failed Promises of Mobility." Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 1, 2021, pp. 15-26. doi:10.1080/02773945.2020.1841276.