Spencer Scoville

Assistant Professor, Arabic Section Head, Asian & Near Eastern Languages

3061 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

How do you move a thought from one person’s mind into another’s?

In teaching both language and literature courses at BYU, my focus is on helping students to improve their ability to interpret the messages they encounter every day and to be able to express their own thoughts, questions, and reasoning effectively.


Russian-Arab Literary and Cultural Exchange
Russian Orientalism
Nahdah-era Arabic literature
Literary Translation
The Boundary between the Modern and the Pre-Modern

Selected Publications

“Khalil Baydas on the Novel.” in The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of Literature and Culture. ed. Tarek el-Aris. New York: Modern Language Association Book Series, Texts and Translations. 2018. pp. 206-217.

“Translating Orientalism into the Arabic Nahdah.” in ALIF: journal of crosscultural poetics. Vol. 38, 2018. pp. 11-36.

“Reconsidering Nahdawi Translation: bringing Pushkin to Palestine.” in The Translator. Vol. 21:2, 2015. pp. 223-236.


“Lift where you stand.”

Citizenship assignments

–Arabic Section Head

Office Hours:
M 2:00-3:00PM, Th 1:00-2:00PM or By Appointment
3061 JFSB