Nathan Lean is a writer, researcher, and public speaker whose work focuses on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, and Muslim-Christian relations. A native of North Carolina, Nathan holds a Masters Degree in International Studies and a Master of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD.
In 2006, he designed and implemented a cultural diplomacy initiative in Rabat, Morocco with the US State Department. In 2009, he was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship that allowed him to study Arabic in Tunisia. He has traveled widely throughout Europe and the Middle East speaking on the topic of Islamophobia.
Nathan Lean is the author of the upcoming book, Understanding Islam and the West (Rowman and Littlefield 2018). His 2012 book The Islamophobia Industry has been translated into several foreign languages and was re-released, in an updated second edition, in 2017. He is the co-author of Iran, Israel and the United States (Palgrave 2010), and co-editor of The Moral Psychology of Terrorism (Cambridge Scholars 2013).
In addition to his books, Nathan Lean has written dozens of popular op-eds and articles which have appeared in the New Republic, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, Salon, and CNN, among others. Additionally, Nathan has contributed to numerous academic volumes on Islamophobia, and appears regularly in the media to discuss his work.
Nathan Lean is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association and serves as an advisory board member of Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns and TellMAMA UK. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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