Sumayyah Daud received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2020 with an emphasis on world literature, translation, and the 19th-century medieval revival. She earned her MA and BA from The George Washington University in 2013. Her research and pedagogical interests center medieval constructions of race, cross-Mediterranean encounter and exchange, and nineteenth-century medieval revival and orientalism as its linked to race and religion, particularly depictions of the crusades. She lectures on the history of western fantasy, tracing its origins from Beowulf, through Arthuriana, to William Morris and Tolkien. Her composition courses are multimodal and focus on the comic as a place of meaning making. In 2018 she published her first novel, Mirage, a post-colonial space fantasy, with Flatiron Books.