Have taught Business English, English as a Second Language, basic Composition and Rhetoric, and grammar since the mid-1980's at Indiana University, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute and Penn State University. Also taught professional writing in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian Refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon and in Gaza City, Gaza.
I worked as a freelance journalist covering Middle East issues from 1996-present and have had numerous articles and essays published on line and in academic journals.
My academic background is in modern Western European, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History with an emphasis on the latter. I am "ABD" (I completed every requirement for a PhD except submitting it for review). I realized late into my career that I wanted to focus on modern Middle Eastern and international affairs than on Western and Central Europe. I proceeded to study intensive Arabic (I have also studied French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, some Italian and some Dutch) and to spend time working, traveling to, and researching in such places as Jerusalem, Israel; Beirut, Lebanon: Gaza City & Rafah, Gaza Strip; Jenin, Ramallah, and Hebron, West Bank; Amman, Jordan; Damascus, Syria (and into many smaller historic towns and villages); and Cairo, Egypt. The focus of my work is around US foreign policy in the Middle East; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the Lebanese Civil war (19975-1990); Causes of the Iranian Revolution (based in the 1953 CIA/MI6 coup that overthrew the popularly elected president of Iran, Mohammad Mussadiq, from power; The rise of Iraq, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the Second Iraq War, the phenomenon of black hole prisons and the use of state-sponsored torture (including by the US); The rise of Islamism and violent Islamist groups such as ISIS; and settler colonialism.