Founder of the Women’s Studies Centre at the University of Jordan (UJ)
Founder of the Knowledge Production Unit at the Jordanian National Commission for Women
Professor of feminist courses in the English Department at UJ, focusing on American feminism.
Former Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan.
Dr. Quawas was the founder of the Women’s Studies Centre at the University of Jordan (UJ), the founder of the Knowledge Production Unit at the Jordanian National Commission for Women, and the first professor to introduce feminist courses at UJ. Quawas taught feminist literature, discussed the patriarchal power structure, criticized taboos by focusing on the importance of female subjectivity. Quawas was an associate professor of American Literature and Feminist Theory at the University of Jordan for over 25 years and an activist in women’s rights. As Director of the Women's Studies Centre (2006–8) that ushered in a “golden age” for the Centre and feminist studies at the University of Jordan. She built an institution of critical thought for many young women, a place for academic excellence and female empowerment: a center that combined the academic with the activist task of making a more just world.
She also served as Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan (2011-12), where she encouraged her students to express their feelings and opinions through different venues and media.
She wrote many papers, books and lectures, most known of them being her edited book “The Voice of Being Enough: Young Jordanian Women Breakthrough without Breaking Down” (2016), a collection of “life stories” of more than a hundred Jordanian women and four men.
She received her B.A. (1981) and M.A. (1991) in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan, while simultaneously teaching at high schools in Amman. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature and Feminist Theory from the University of North Texas in 1995. After receiving her Ph.D., she began her collegiate teaching career at the University of Jordan. For more than two decades, she tirelessly worked and served her graduate and undergraduate students, helping them to become strong women and leading voices for change.
Last modified: 10/28/2019