I don’t think my CV is all that important, but in the interest of sharing, here is the basic stuff…I graduated in 1987 from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service/International Economics, and a Certificate in Asian Studies. I earned my A.M. in Regional Studies/East Asia from Harvard in 1991. I did Ph.D. work in East Asian Languages at the University of Chicago in 1992 but then transferred back to Harvard. I then took a leave of absence to join the State Department, where I studied Arabic and worked in Egypt for three years. Somewhere in there I was a science/technology database editor and a Wall Street credit analyst, but those were tangents….
I do speak pretty passable Arabic and very good Japanese. I also was the credit analyst from hell. The 2008 crash was definitely not my fault.
I’ve lived in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, Ramallah, and Jerusalem, as well as Honolulu, D.C., greater New York City, and greater Boston.
I’m passionate about music of all kinds. I play the piano and used to be a pretty good clarinetist. I listen to my kids’ music, so we argue passionately about what’s good and bad. I do love Electronic Dance Music! Love those DJs! I go to as many live performances as I can get to, including the theater, ballet, and opera, but also including alternative, jazz, and pop concerts with my kids.
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