Shady Nasser was a Lecturer in Classical Arabic studies. He studied Chemistry (1996-1999) at the American University of Beirut after which he majored in Arabic Language and Literature at the same University. In 2003 he started his PhD at Harvard University in Arabic and Islamic studies under the supervision of Wolfhart Heinrichs. In 2008 he worked at Yale University as a lector of Arabic and from 2009-2012 he was a senior lector of Arabic and the coordinator of the modern Arabic program at Yale University. In 2011 he completed his dissertation “The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur’ān: the problem of tawātur and the emergence of shawādhdh” and published it in 2012 with Brill.
Nasser's research interest is Qur’anic studies in general with special focus on the history of the transmission of the text, its language, and its reception among the early Muslim community. Pre-Islamic and early Islamic poetry, Hadith transmission, and uṣūl al-fiqh are also among the areas of interests Nasser researches independently or in connection to the Qur’an.
"Revisiting Ibn Mujāhid’s position on the seven canonical Readings: Ibn ʿĀmir’s problematic reading of “kun fa-yakūna”, Journal of Qur’anic Studies 17.1 (2015): 85-113
"The Two-Rāwī Canon before and after ad-Dānī (d. 444/1052–3): The Role of Abū ṭ-Ṭayyib Ibn Ghalbūn (d. 389/998) and the Qayrawān/Andalus School in Creating the Two-Rāwī Canon”, Oriens 41(2013), 41-75.
"Al-Muhalhil in the historical akhbār and folkloric sīrah”, Journal of Arabic Literature, 40/3 (2009), 241-272.