Roberta Micallef is Professor of the Practice in World Languages and Literatures and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies at Boston University. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature in 1997 from the University of Texas in Austin. Her area of expertise is 19th and 20th century Ottoman and Turkish literature. In addition to being an avid traveler, Micallef has a longstanding interest in travel literature. Together with colleague Professor Sunil Sharma she founded the Boston University Travel Studies Research group. She is the co-editor of On the Wonders of Land and Sea Persianate Travel Writing (2013) and edited Illusion and Disillusionment Travel Writing in the Modern Age (2018). She is currently engaged in project on women and disguises.