Ikram Masmoudi was educated in Tunisia and France, where she earned her PhD from the Université Stendhal Grenoble III in textual Linguistics. In 2001, she obtained the Agrégation d'arabe and taught Arabic language and culture at the Université de Provence. She has extensive teaching experience, having taught all levels of Arabic and courses on Modern Arabic Literature at Middlebury College, Duke University, and Princeton University. In the fall of 2008, she joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware where she chairs the Arabic Program and co-directs the UD Winter Study Abroad Program in Tunisia. Her research interests are in language, literature, and translation, and she is currently working on a book project about Realities of War and Occupation in Iraqi Fiction.