I’m a Christian (conservative but not fundamentalist); PhD in Islamic, World and African history (Ohio State, 2001); former US Army Arabic linguist and, later, civilian consultant to US Special Operations Command; author of books on the Middle East and Middle-earth; history professor; and sometime media opiner (as, for example, on Fox News Channel’s “War Stories: Fighting ISIS“).  I’m also a huge Shakespeare fan, and fence saber as often as I can–usually left-handed.

Since March 2019 I have been writing regularly for The Stream. Here is the link to my dozens of articles there.

The marketing/PR folks at Reinhardt University, where I teach, did a very nice bio of me, to which I will link at the risk of the sin of Pride.