Choman Hardi, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of English 
Office: B-F2-03
Dr. Hardi returned home to teach at AUIS after 26 years of living abroad. Her research and teaching interests include poetry, feminist literature, feminist literary criticism, gender and migration, gender and genocide, and women’s activism. Her poetry has appeared in The Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Washington Square Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation. Her English collections have been published by Bloodaxe Books. Four poems from her first collection, Life For Us (2004), were selected onto the English GCSE syllabus in the UK in 2010. Her second collection, Considering The Women (2015), was launched at an event held at AUIS on November 25, 2015. It has been shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize.
Hardi’s post-doctoral research, Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq, was published by Ashgate (Routledge) in 2011. It was chosen by the Yankee Book Peddler as a UK Core Title. In 2015, she founded The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at AUIS. Currently, she is working on gender and the revolution in Iraqi Kurdistan.


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2015, Considering the Women, Bloodaxe Books

2011, Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq, Routledge

2004, Life for Us, Bloodaxe Books

Book Chapters:

2011 "The Anfal Campaign against the Kurds: Chemical Weapons in the Service of Mass Murder" in: Forgotten Genocides, Essays on Oblivion, Denial and Memory. Rene Lemarchand (ed.) Pennsylvania University Press, Philadelphia/ USA

2006 "The Pleasure and Duty of Writing
" in: Writing Worlds 1, The Norwich Exchanges. Vesna Goldsworthy (ed.), Pen and Inc. Press, Norwich/ UK

2005 "Kurdish Women Refugees: Obstacles and Opportunities
" in: Forced Migration and Mental Health, rethinking the care of refugees and displaced persons. David Ingleby (ed.)
, Springer Science + Business Media, New York/ USA


2011 "Women’s Activism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Achievements, Shortcomings and Obstacles" in: Kurdish Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

2005 "Switching Languages"
 in: Between the Languages – Modern Poetry in Translation, Short Run Press, Exeter/ UK

Book Review:

Minoo Alinia, Honor and Violence against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish Studies Journal, Issue 3. Transnational Press London, 2015


2016, Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship, Beyond Borders, Edinburgh

2016, The Forward Prize Best Collection Shortlist, Forward Arts Foundation, London

2016, Excellence Award for Undergraduate Faculty Research, AUIS, Kurdistan- Iraq

2014, The Woman’s Award, Andesha Cultural Centre, Kurdistan- Iraq

2014, “Summer Roof” as one of the “50 greatest modern love poems of the past 50 years”, The South Bank Centre, London

2011, Gendered Experiences of Genocide as a UK Core Title, Yankee Book Peddler, New Hampshire

2005, Study Abroad Scholarship, The Leverhulme Trust, London

2002, Jerwood- Arvon Young Writers Apprenticeship, Arvon Foundation, UK

2001, PhD Scholarship, The Tizard Center, University of Kent in Canterbury