Sonali Pahwa served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theatre department. She taught a graduate seminar, “Ethnography of Theatre”, in that department, as well as “Language, Media and Community in the Arab World” in the anthropology department. She earned her PhD in sociocultural anthropology at Columbia University in 2007. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Staging Difference: Nation and Generation in Contemporary Egyptian Theatre. Her areas of specialization include anthropology of performance, linguistic anthropology, transnational media, and the Arab world. Currently, Sonali serves as a Research Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.