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Pictured (left to right) is Samer Khalaf, President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Rose Nader Award Winner and Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Claire Nader, sister of Ralph Nader and daughter of Rose Nader, for whom the award is named.

Susan Muaddi Darraj, Harford Community College Associate Professor of Humanities, recently received the 2019 Rose Nader Award at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Convention in Washington, DC. She received the award for her commitment to working for equality and justice. The Rose Nader Award is named for Ralph Nader’s mother, a well-known activist and mother of the frequent third party candidate. The award has previously been awarded to Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who pursued the issue of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

The author of two books, Susan's A Curious Land: Stories From Home received an American Book Award and was named Best Fiction Book by Baltimore City Paper in 2016. The fictional short story collection about the inhabitants of a West Bank village explores the experiences of Palestinians in the last century and the true meaning of home. The book previously won the prestigious Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, sponsored by the Association of Writing Programs and Amazon.com.

Susan has authored other works as well. The State Department bought the translation rights to Muaddi Darraj’s short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, as part of its prestigious Arabic Book Program in 2011.

Greenwood Press previously published a five-volume Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature containing several entries authored by Prof. Muaddi Darraj. Edited by distinguished scholar Emmanuel S. Nelson, the encyclopedia was the first of its kind and featured more than 1,100 entries by more than 300 scholars. It covered the entire range of ethnic American literature, from the colonial era to the present, and demonstrated the accomplishments of members of diverse cultural groups. 

Muaddi Darraj’s articles have also appeared in various publications and anthologies including “Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century” and “Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Feminism.” Scheherazade’s Legacy, a text edited by Susan Muaddi Darraj, was published by Praeger in 2004.

In addition, United States Artists named Muaddi Darraj a 2018 Ford Fellow, earning her a $50,000 award funded by the Ford Foundation.

In 2013, Muaddi Darraj was named to a list of the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland by StateStats.org. StateStats.org, in conjunction with partner website OnlineSchoolsMaryland.com, set out to find postsecondary educators who had been recognized recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

Muaddi Darraj is also a lecturer in Johns Hopkins University's MA in Writing program.


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