Partway through my college career I was offered a recommendation to get into a PhD program in Iranian Studies. I wanted to pursue the offer but had to reject it in order to more immediately provide for my family.
My interest in the region remains intact. While I specialize in reading and reviewing non-fiction books with a basis or tie-ins to the Middle East, I also enjoy studying Russia and “The Stans.” One cannot truly understand a region in and of itself, because there is always outside involvement.
I hold degrees in foreign language and comparative religions with professional certifications in marketing management and Lean Six Sigma.