Professor Seemee Ali earned her Ph.D. in Literature from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she also received her M.A. Her bachelor's degree in political science came from Austin College.
At Carthage, she holds a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary Great Ideas program and in the English Department. With philosophy professor Michael McShane, she is the co-founder of Carthage’s popular Hannibal Lecture Series.
Prof. Ali’s most recent essay, “Wallace Stevens’ Scrawny Cry,” appears in an anthology of essays devoted to lyric poetry, The Lyric Prospect (Dallas Institute Press, 2012). She is working on a book about Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. Since joining the Carthage faculty in 2008, she has taught classes on Homer, Dante, William Faulkner, and Salman Rushdie. Having lived and taught in Rome, she and Prof. McShane regularly travel there with Carthage J-Term students to study the philosophic and literary dimensions of Shakespeare’s Roman plays.
"Dr. Ali has been one of my favorite professors so far. I honestly get nervous going to her class unsure if I have prepared enough, and consistently leave feeling motivated to revisit what was discussed in class to fully understand. She is truly an inspirational individual."
— Elizabeth Wagner, '12
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