Melissa Plourde Khoury

Associate Professor

M.F.A. Graphic Design, Boston University, USA
B.F.A. Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

Melissa Plourde Khoury specializes in teaching visual communication, design history and theory. Her research interests are in visual culture and design with a focus on the Middle East. Her writings have been published in international journals on design and presented at various conferences. She served as a Contributing Editor for Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal and was a member of the Conference Paper Review Panel for the Cumulus 38° South: Hemispheric Shifts Across Learning Teaching and Research conference. Several of her poster designs have been awarded, published, exhibited and archived internationally. In 2014 she was recognized by Creative Quarterly as one of their top 100 designers. In recent years she published the papers, “The Egg: Memory and Visual Structures Within Representations of an Iconic Lebanese Ruin” in Visual Communication Quarterly (Taylor & Francis) 2017; “Challenging Panopticism through Representations: Burj el Murr” in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Brill) 2018; and “Parody and Contextualization in Lebanese Album Covers” in Design Issues (MIT Press) 2019. In addition, she currently Chairs the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) committee at LAU and served as an Associate Chair of the Department of Art and Design from 2013-2021.