AZAR NAFISI is the author of the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, New York Times bestseller Things I’ve Been Silent About, and The Republic of the Imagination. She has taught literature at universities in Iran and in the United States, was a Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and was the director of The Dialogue Project and Cultural Conversations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Publications that she has written for include the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. Nafisi has lectured extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of the Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran. She has been consulted on issues related to Iran and human rights both by the policy makers and various human rights organizations in the US and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, D.C.