Azar Nafisi is a Visiting Fellow and lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC) as well as the founder and director of The Dialogue Project. She taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabaii before coming to the United States, and is a noted lecturer on the political implications of literature and culture. Her op-eds and other articles have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Her most recent book is Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories.