Arantxa Alegre-González, born in Spain, earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Travel Literature (Spanish and Arabic) from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. Her research focuses on both Spanish and Arabic Medieval and Modern Travel Literature. She is currently Associate Professor at Towson University (Baltimore, MD) where she teaches Spanish and coordinates the Arabic Program. Previous faculty positions were at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA) and at the Spanish Summer School at Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT), among others. Her professional activities (articles and books) reflect her area of expertise on Spanish Travel Literature and Arabic Medieval Travel Comparative Literature. Other areas of her interest also include the Arabic influence in Spanish literature and Spanish literature and film. She participated in many international conferences and conducted long-term research in several countries including Spain, Egypt, Morocco and France. She has been the director of the Faculty-led Study Abroad Program for the Foreign Languages at Towson University for five years. She took students three years to Madrid (Spain) and two years and Buenos Aires (Argentina).