Dr Lubaaba Al-Azami is founding editor of Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs). She completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Liverpool where her AHRC funded research considered early modern English encounters with Mughal Indian imperial women, exploring English drama and travel literature alongside Mughal royal memoirs. She completed her BA in English at King’s College London, an MA in Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London and an MA in English from The George Washington University, Washington DC. During 2020/21 she was a visiting doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. She is founder of Network of Sisters in Academia (@NeSATweets), the first international professional network for Muslim women academics. Her research interests include early Anglo-European encounters with the Islamic Worlds, early modern theatrical negotiations of transnational politics, trade and religion, intersectionality, decolonialism and well-brewed tea. Her book, First Encounters: How England and Mughal India Shaped the World, is forthcoming from John Murray Press. Lubaaba is represented by Northbank Talent Management and tweets @Lubaabanama.