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Zahr Said

Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Law
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2008
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Zahr Said is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law, where she teaches intellectual property law and torts.

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Said spent three years at UVA, teaching Law and Literature and Advertising Law. She briefly practiced in the corporate department at Ropes and Gray in Boston before joining the academy. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law and a Kent Scholar, Said served as articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. Her note on the tensions between legal and literary concepts in intellectual property received the Andrew D. Fried prize. As a first year, she was awarded the Young B. Smith prize for excellence in torts.

Her research areas include law and literature, copyright, trademarks, postcolonialism, immigrant narratives, and Arab and African literature. Prior to law school, Said graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in comparative literature. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Morocco in 1997. In 2003, Said earned her doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on appropriations of Shakespeare by Arab authors. At Harvard, she won the university-wide Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Prize as a graduate student and the John Clive Teaching Prize as a lecturer in the history and literature field. Said’s research focuses on copyright law, law and literature, torts and advertising in audiovisual and literary content.