Melissa Plourde Khoury is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University. She specializes in teaching publication design, typography, design history and visual culture. She holds a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Boston University and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to moving to Lebanon, she worked as a graphic designer for the Dana-Faber Cancer Research Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She then went on to teach at several universities in Lebanon and began her teaching career at LAU in 2006.
Her research interests are in design education and Lebanese design culture. 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. Her logo designs were published in the LogoLouge Master Library, Volume 4 by Rockport Publishers. Several of her poster designs have been awarded, published and exhibited internationally. She was recently recognized by Creative Quarterly as one of their top 100 designers of 2014. Currently she is writing an entry on the design of Lebanon for the Encyclopedia of Asian Design to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) in 2016.