Maria D. Lombard is an assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. Her research focuses on the field of writing studies, with particular interests in second-language writing pedagogy, minority and gendered voices, and travel writing. Lombard teaches writing and literature courses, including First-Year Writing, Travel Writing, and Women’s Literature.  She has research and administrative interest in the first-year experience, including her work with the common reading initiative, One Book, One NU-Q.

Her current research is related to women’s travel narratives, in particular, concepts of belonging, displacement, and motherhood. Lombard also has a background in workplace writing, mainly within large corporate and industrial environments and multi-lingual workplaces. She has worked on several research projects related to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East, and she has consulted for government, non-profit, corporate, and educational organizations in the US and abroad. Her scholarly publications include refereed articles and proceedings, as well as a book chapter on travel and motherhood. 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 Language Arts Education from the University of South Alabama. Her honors include being selected for the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program at Northwestern University.