Heba Elsherief holds an MA in English Literature from and is a PhD researcher at the University of Toronto. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now teaches college classes in children’s literature, gender studies, and historical thought.  She’s served as managing editor on two open-source peer-reviewed academic journals and has worked in directly supporting the thesis/major project writing of graduate students since 2014. 

Her research considers theoretical underpinnings and diverse representations in Young Adult literature and how this may impact education pedagogy and curriculum. 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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