Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of Middle Eastern studies and international relations. He received a Masters of Arts in International Studies from East Carolina University and is currently pursuing a second graduate degree at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. In addition to extensive articles, op-eds, and policy papers on the Middle East, foreign affairs, and Islam, he is the co-author of "Iran, Israel, and the United States: Regime Security vs. Political Legitimacy" (Praeger 2011) and the author of "The Islamophobia Industry: How The Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims" (Pluto Press 2012). Aside from his work, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, surf fishing, and playing jazz and classical piano. Follow him on Twitter @nathanlean.