Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia to Lebanese parents, Abir Ward, a multinational and multilingual, had lived on three continents before the age of 20. She taught at the Lebanese American University where she started the annual creative writing workshops and poetry competition and at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where she led the editorial work of Pages Apart, a 700-page academic reader used for teaching English. In 2019, Abir founded 2Rāth, a social justice initiative engaged in the politics of representation. 2Rāth helped create articles on Wikipedia about notable Arab women, and its work has so far garnered over 20 million views. Abir has published numerous articles on justice-oriented pedagogy, and her research has appeared in Elsevier’s Women Studies International Forum, TESOL’s SRIS, and Computers and Writing Conference Proceedings. She was the recipient of the CCCC Wikipedia fellowship in 2021 and the Middle East Partnership Initiative grant from the US Department of State. Abir just accepted a teaching position at Boston University where she will work on social, linguistic, and environmental justice initiatives. Abir has PhD in English: Composition and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her dissertation advisor was Dr. David I Hanauer.
Abir is an academic writing (STEM), technical, and business English lecturer. She conducts workshops in business communication at various companies around the Middle East; she is a speaker trainer, editor, lover of books, words, quotes, and poetry. She is also a die-hard fan of the Oxford Comma.