Professor DeYoung was born and raised in Seattle. She has traveled, studied and lived in Egypt, Israel, the Sudan, Syria, and Morocco as well as all parts of the United States. She has published four books and more than forty peer-reviewed articles on topics related to Arabic language, literature and cultural history. She is currently at work on a project examining the works of Khalil Mutran, the great Egypto-Lebanese Romantic poet. At the beginning of 2017, she accepted a three-year position as Associate Editor for the Review of Middle East Studies.