Dr. Aref Hassan grew up in Beirut-Lebanon and received his Bachelors degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. He received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He has taught college classes at Buffalo State College-NY, SUNY Buffalo, and at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. He also worked for many years in Residential Life at SUNY Buffalo. Aref currently teaches as a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Saint Cloud State University. His areas of specialty include the Middle East and North Africa, Political Islam, and ethnic conflict.