Atef Alshaer is a Lecturer in Arabic Studies at the University of Westminster. He first came to London after completing his Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Birzeit in Palestine. He then went on to obtain a masters and PhD from the faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London and has taught there until 2014. Alshaer has written several research papers and monographs, including his book, Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World and an edited volume, Love and Poetry in the Middle East; and Language and National Identity in Palestine: Representations of Power and Resistance in Gaza. This is in addition to his co-authored book (with Dina Matar and Lina Khatib), The Hezbollah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication.
He also writes and translates poetry. His latest translations include poems by the Sudanese poet, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.