About the Author

Born and raised in Kentucky to an American Mother and Persian Father, I grew up discussing politics and world affairs at the dinner table. Those discussions–and the fact I grew up Iranian-American in Central Kentucky–shaped my perspective and influenced me to study political science and international relations. I earned my BA in Political Science from Murray State University and my MA in Diplomacy from the University of Kentucky.

I’m also an avid sports fan. If I’m not reading or writing about the Middle East or working on this project, you can find me watching soccer (Liverpool FC, specifically), pacing nervously in front of the TV during University of Louisville basketball games, yelling at Tony Romo during Dallas Cowboys games, or watching the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB playoffs–because lets face it, they’re playing in October every year.

Follow me on twitter @davidshamsky.

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