Research on Southern Oman

PUBLICATIONS – scholarly articles – travel writing/ culture/ anthropology

“Understanding Communication in Southern Oman,” North Dakota Quarterly – Special Issue on Transnationalism. 84.1 (2017): 174-184 .

“Generosity, Gift-giving and Gift-avoiding in Southern Oman,” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (Oxford: Archeopress) 45 (2015): 289-296. Available on-line at{EE6A77A7-C282-4872-A17D-070CAEF2FDDF}

Verstehen/ Einfühlen in Arabian Sands (1959): Wilfred Thesiger as Traveler and Anthropologist,”  Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing, 14.1 (2013): 23-39.

“Understanding the Impact of Culture on the TESOL Classroom: An Outsider’s Perspective,” TESOL Arabia’s Perspective 18.2 (2011): 15-19.

“Cultural Refraction: Using Travel Writing, Anthropology and Fiction to Understand the Culture of Southern Arabia,” Interdisciplinary Humanities 26:1 (2009): 63-78.


PUBLICATIONS – non-fiction essays

“‘I Came to You for Good’: An Ethnographic Discussion of Folk Tales from Southern Oman.” Third Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute;  Royal Anthropological Institute, London. October 26, 2017.

“Research in Foreign Cultures,” Emanations: Foray into Forever. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2014: 355-358.

“Learning Arabic without Arabic Culture,” Center for International Living, 2014.

“Throwing Children in the Street: Explaining Western Culture to Omanis,” Emanations: Third Eye. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2013: 265-274.

“Memsahib 101” and “Your Zimbabwe Stories,” In Emanations: Sidestepping Academic Dicta into the Higher Ecstatic Ethos. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2012: 305-312.

“To Learn Arabic, You Have to Talk the Talk,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 31, 2012.

“Bringing Theory Home in Oman,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 10, 2011: B24.

“In the House of the Infidel or Perfume: The Great Healer,” Button 16 (2011): 6-9.

“For Middle East expats, a fake-holly, not-so-jolly Christmas,” The Washington Post, December 23, 2009: C3.

“An Open Letter to Alice Walker,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. February 20, 2009: B11.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS – travel writing/ culture/ anthropology

“Recent Views on Oman.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, July 5-6, 2017.

“Female, Femininity, Male and Masculinity in the Gibali-speaking Tribes of Southern Oman” at the Gulf Research Conference, Cambridge University, August 1-4, 2017.

“‘Words Mean Nothing’: Fluency in Language and Fluency in Culture in Anthropology Fieldwork in Southern Oman.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wales, July 14-15, 2016.

“’Why Would I Hurt a Woman?’: Respectful/ Respecting Women in Southern Oman,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, Denver, November 21, 2015.

“Generosity, Gift-giving and Gift-avoiding in Southern Oman,” British Foundation for the Study of Arabia’s Seminar for Arabian Studies, The British Museum, London, July 27, 2014.

“‘I Do Not Need the Night’: The Gibali Conception of Self-Respect in Southern Oman,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, October 12, 2013.

“‘Ya Mabel’ and the Duchess: A Victorian but Modern, Female Traveler and a Modern but Victorian, Female Traveler in Southern Oman,” ‘Navigating Networks: Women, Travel, and Female Communities,’ An Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by the Travel Cultures Seminar Series, University of Oxford, October 4, 2013.

“They Came, They Saw, They Fought, They Compromised, They Left:  The Foreign Military Presence in the Dhofar War (Oman, 1965-1975),” Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference; Edinburgh. July 3, 2012.

“Understanding Culture as one Key to Quality,” Omani Quality Network Conference; Muscat, Oman. February 21, 2012.

“Waiting for [both] the Barbarians”: Tourism in the Dhofar Region of Oman,” Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Amman, Jordan. April 6, 2009. Paper presented by Dr. Sheena Westwood, College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.

“‘Treachery in the Kitchen’: Traveling Foreign, Eating Familiar,” College English Association Annual Conference; St. Louis, MO. March 28, 2008. Co-authored with Dr. Traci Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Where are the cute tap-dancing Penguins?: Illustrations in Arctic/ Antarctic Travel Books,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference; Chicago. December 28, 2007.

“Dragon‑spotting: Travelers Making Myths and Myths Making Travelers,” British Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference; University of Lancaster. July, 1998.

“Flying Banknotes and Shuttlecocks: Ford Maddox Ford’s Post‑modern Travels,” Conrad Society Annual Conference. London. July, 1998.

“Misplacing the Map: Post World War II Travelers Lost and Found” Snapshots from Abroad: A Conference on American and British Travel Writers and Writing; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1997.

“White Knee Socks vs. Photojournalist Vests: Distinguishing between Travelers and Tourists,” Popular Culture Association Conference; San Antonio, 1997.

“Seat in a Saddle, Nose in a Book: What Travelers Read,” Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota; Winnipeg, 1996.