As’ad AbuKhalil was born March 16, 1960. He is from Tyre, Lebanon, and grew up in Beirut. He received his BA and MA from the American University of Beirut in Political Science. He then went to the USA in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. He taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. He served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley.