I was born and raised in Sudan. After graduating from the University of Khartoum in the mid 1970s and working briefly as a high school teacher and interpret translator, I travelled to England to pursue a Masetr's degree in English, which I obtained in 1981. I returned to Sudan that same year and taught at Gezira University for a couple of years. Then I joined the faculty of the college of Education at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, where I taught for six years. I moved to America with my family in 1990 and enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University. After earning my degree in 1995, I taught at Oklahoma State before moving to Tennessee to teach at East Tennessee State University. My research interests include discourse analysis, world literature, and cognitive grammar. I also enjoy reading, travel, and sports. I am married with four children.