Dr. Behar specializes in modern and contemporary Arabic poetry and works in comparative frameworks of world literature, translation studies, and global modernism. Dr. Behar completed his BA degree in Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University (2010). He attained a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University with a dissertation thesis titled The New Austerity in Syrian Poetry (2019). He later went on to receive a two-year Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College, where he was affiliated with programs in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. He joined the Department of Arabic Language and Literature in 2021.  


Research Interests:

  • Modern Arabic Poetry
  • Translation Studies
  • Syrian Culture and Arts