Soheila Ghaussy, Chair of Humanistic Studies, earned her Magister der Literaturwissenschaften (the equivalent of a MA degree) from Hamburg University, where she majored in English and American Literature and minored in Middle Eastern Studies. She also worked as a freelance ESL and DAF instructor, and a journalist and translator in Germany. Soheila earned a PhD. in Comparative Literature from Purdue University, and has published academic articles and poetry in international literary and academic journals. She has worked as a professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at MICA since 2001, and teaches literature, film, critical theory and intellectual history courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. She continues to teach ESL and Intercultural Communication in Germany during the summers, holds poetry readings and lectures and publishes on feminism, Third World women and women in Afghanistan. Soheila is currently working on a chapbook of poetry and is co-authoring A Concise Religious and Cultural History of Afghanistan, a book on the complex multi-cultural and multi-religious background of her home country.