Diana Abu-Jaber

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Diana Abu-Jaber
BornSyracuse, New York
OccupationNovelist, professor at Portland State University

Diana Abu-Jaber (Arabic: ديانا أبو جابر) is an American author and a professor at Portland State University.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York. Her father was Jordanian[2] with a Palestinian Jerusalemite mother; Diana's mother was American, descended from Irish and German roots.[1] At the age of seven, she moved with her family for two years to Jordan. She received a BA in English and Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Oswego, an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University.[3] She divides her time between Miami and Portland.[1]


Abu-Jaber writes about Arab and Arab-American culture and identity, often using the culture of food and food production.[2]

Her academic appointments include: Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Iowa State University (1990);[citation needed] Assistant Professor, English, University of Oregon (1990–1995);[citation needed] and Writer-in-Residence/Professor, English Department, Portland State University (1996–present).


  • The Language of Baklava (2005)
  • Life Without a Recipe (2016)
Young Adult fiction
  • Silverworld (2020)


  1. ^ a b c Loomis, Linda (4 November 2018). "Diana Abu-Jaber to tell Gifford audience how CNY made her a writer". Syracuse. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Fuller, Emily (12 April 2017). "The Meaning Of Food For Award-Winning Author Diana Abu-Jaber". OPB News. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Portland State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: English Department | Diana Abu-Jaber, Ph.D." www.pdx.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-16.

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