Maria Lombard is the academic affairs manager in the office of the senior associate dean and chief academic officer. Lombard supports academic and faculty affairs initiatives, including the faculty review and promotion process, faculty searches and hiring, academic integrity, and curriculum review and planning. Lombard serves as the chair of One Book, a school-wide literary initiative that brings notable authors and their works to the community for engaging events and conversations. 

Lombard has been with Northwestern Qatar since 2012. Prior to her current role, Lombard was an assistant professor in residence at Northwestern Qatar in the Liberal Arts Program. In this role, she taught writing and literature courses, and she was involved in curricular development and coordination of the First Year Writing program. 

Lombard’s research focuses on the field of writing studies, with interests in second-language writing pedagogy, minority and gendered voices, and travel writing. Much of her research is related to women’s travel and mobility narratives, particularly focusing on concepts of belonging, displacement, and motherhood. Her scholarly publications include refereed articles and proceedings, as well as book chapters on travel and motherhood. Her forthcoming edited volume, Reclaiming Migrant Motherhood, takes a critical look at the representations and lived experiences of migrant, refugee, and otherwise displaced mothers in literature, film, and original ethnographic research. She presents papers at major international conferences on writing studies, travel writing, and the literature of migrant motherhood.

She received her PhD from Purdue University in English, Rhetoric and Composition, and she has an MA in English Literature and a BS in English Education from the University of South Alabama. Lombard was selected for the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program at Northwestern University.