Leila Tayeb is an assistant professor in residence with a joint appointment in the Communication and Liberal Arts Programs. She received her PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University and holds an MA in performance studies from NYU and an MA in international affairs from The New School. Prior to joining Northwestern Qatar, Tayeb held postdoctoral appointments at NYU Abu Dhabi and Cornell University.

Tayeb’s research and teaching interests are in performance and politics, sound and militarism in daily life, dance studies, Islam and the state, and state-sponsored performance. Her work spans MENA and Africana studies with a central focus in Libya.


  • INTERDIS 202 Introduction to Performance Studies


Tayeb, Leila (forthcoming 2023). “To Follow Bousaadiya: Mobility and Memory in Libyan Cultural Politics.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

Tayeb, Leila (forthcoming 2022). “Digital Intimacy and Violence in Contemporary Libya.” The Palgrave Handbook of Gender, Media and Communication in the Middle East and North Africa. Edited by Loubna H. Skalli and Nahed Eltantawy.  

Tayeb, Leila (2021). “What is Whiteness in North Africa?” Lateral 10 (1). https://doi.org/10.25158/L10.1.20

Tayeb, Leila (2020). “Militia Soundscapes in Post-Qaddafi Libya.” Arab Studies Journal 28 (1): 64-83. https://www.arabstudiesjournal.org/281-spring-2020.html

Tayeb, Leila (2018). “Our Star: Amazigh Music and the Production of Intimacy in 2011 Libya.” The Journal of North African Studies 23 (5): 834-850. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2018.1436651 

Tayeb, Leila (2017). “Shahi al-Ḥuriya: Militant Optimism and Freedom Tea.” Communication and the Public 2 (2): 164-176. https://doi.org/10.1177/2057047317714803