Heba Elsherief holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Language and Literacies from the University of Toronto. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now teaches university classes in cultural studies and language education. She’s served as managing editor and reviewer on several peer-reviewed academic journals and has worked in directly supporting the thesis/major project writing of graduate students since 2014. 

Her research is entrenched in decolonizing methodology and considers theoretical underpinnings and diverse representations in Young Adult literature and how this impacts pedagogy and curricula. Beyond the academic side of writing, Heba’s work has made her see the importance of having more diverse stories in the world and she’s 100% committed to making that happen in any way she can. A self-described “craft-book junkie,” her addiction to studying and thinking about story structure and narrative resonance is voracious. 

Heba also reads academic works in the humanities or social sciences.


  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Muslim
  • Arab
  • Egyptian
  • Arab Diaspora
  • Post-Colonial People/Themes

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What Clients Say


Heba’s feedback was very helpful in writing a Somali family and being true to what their experiences would be as well as true to their faith. She not only critiqued what I’d written and gently challenged some of my base assumptions, she also sent me links for resources that might enhance my own understanding of this family’s experience. Truly invaluable insights from a true professional.


My experience was good! I got a lot of feedback and a lot of points to both think about and change - I didn’t just get a laundry list of things that didn’t work with my script, I also got suggestions for change and reference points to look to. I’m really thankful for Heba’s expertise!