About me


I hold a doctorate in Near Eastern Language and Civilizations with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. Prior to my doctorate, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Certificate in Middle East Studies, and a Master’s degree in Teaching General Arts and Letters with specialization in Arabic and Applied Linguistics from Portland State University in Oregon.

Every aspect of my work is impacted by and pertains to current events. My work in the formative and classical periods of Islamic intellectual history, together with my interdisciplinary work in the contemporary period give me a unique perspective and understanding that bridges the gap between past and present. As a consultant and presenter, I have made complex and challenging information clear to a wide variety of audiences in the United States and around the world, from local community gatherings to the upper echelons of the U.S. military.