Dr. Marielle Risse teaches literature and cultural studies in Salalah, Oman. Her research areas are Dhofari cultures/ history, connecting Middle Eastern and Western writers in literature classrooms and intercultural communication. She has presented at the annual conferences of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Royal Geographical Society, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, and the Modern Language Association, as well as presentations at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, TESOL Arabia and the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Pedagogy, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post and Travel Culture (Praeger).