MemberNathaniel Mathews

…REN OF THE LOST COLONY: Imagining National Communities on the Indian Ocean Rim, Oman and Zanzibar, 1964-2014


“Memory, History, and Heritage among the Grieving Cosmopolitans: Omani-Zanzibaris Remember the Zanzibar Revolution, 1964-present.” Garth Myers …

I am a historian of East Africa and the Indian Ocean world, with a particular focus on the history and identity of the Swahili-speaking community in modern Oman. My book manuscript, Children of the Lost Colony, explores the modern migrations of this community from East Africa to Oman in the 1960s and 70s, their memories of Africa, especially Zanzibar, and their generative role in the evolution of Omani national citizenship. I have also published on Islamic reform and Arab identity in Mombasa, Kenya, the making of an abolitionist consensus in modernist Muslim thought, and issues of slavery, race and citizenship in the Indian Ocean world.

MemberSalah Mhamdi

…A, Cambridge Assessment
2018: IELTS Trainer, British Council – Muscat, Oman
2020: Translation Into Arabic Certificate, The University of Toronto, Ca…

I’m a teacher of English with 10 years of experience in teaching in Tunisia and Oman. I’ve got a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Sousse, an MA in Translation from Manouba University and I’m about to finish an MA in Linguistics from Manouba University and an MA in Business English from Jendouba University. I earned a CELTA from Cambridge Assessment and an IELTS Trainer certificate from British Council, Muscat.

MemberMarielle R. Risse

Risse, Marielle and Keye Tersmette. “Ghurba at Home – Views from Oman.” The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Litera…

My current research focus on food practices in the Dhofar region in southern Oman, specifically in relation to the concepts of how food is used to show perso…

Community and Autonomy in Southern Oman. Palgrave/




Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology

MemberJesse Alemán

…The Woman in Battle: The Civil War Narrative of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier (U of Wisconsin P)

Empire and the Literature of …

Jesse Alemán is a professor of English and the Director of Literature at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches nineteenth-century American and U.S. Latina/o literary and cultural histories. He also offers classes on the C19 American gothic; southwestern literature and film; and Chicana/o horror. He holds the title of Presidential Teaching Fellow, a distinction awarded for his critical pedagogy at a Hispanic Serving Institution.