Dr. Hout's academic interests have focused on cross-cultural theories and European travel literatures, dealing with the Middle East, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. More recently, she has devoted her attention to contemporary Anglophone and Francophone Lebanese writings produced in the diaspora. Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction: Home Matters in the Diaspora is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. Her publications include Viewing Europe from the Outside: Cultural Encounters and Critiques in the Eighteenth-Century Pseudo-Oriental Travelogue and the Nineteenth-Century 'Voyage en Orient' (Peter Lang, 1997), and chapters in Politics, Culture and the Lebanese Diaspora (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), Arab Voices in Diaspora (Rodopi, 2009), Literature and Nation in the Middle East (Edinburgh UP, 2006), Nadia Tuéni: Lebanon: Poems of Love and War (Syracuse UP, 2006), and Christian Encounters with the Other (New York UP, 1998). Articles have appeared in Utopian Studies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Studies in the Humanities, CEA Critic, World Literature Today, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Middle Eastern Literatures, and Al-Abhath: Journal of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (AUB), in addition to encyclopedic articles in The Literature of Travel and Exploration (2003) and Dictionary of Literary Biography (1999 and 1997).