BA in Art History from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, MA and PhD from University of California, Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies: Art and Archaeology. Language studies in German (Goethe Institute, Berlin), Farsi (Persian, in Iran and UCB), Italian and French. Lived in Iran for five years, taught English at the Iran America Society, Iranzamin College and Language House International. Traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East photographing works of art. Worked as a program assistant and then as a consultant for The College Board (AP Program) for twenty years. Has taught at UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.
For the past 26 years has been teaching at San Jose State University, with surveys of western art history, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Silk Road, Islamic art and architecture, writing in the arts, and the four-semester Humanities Honors series. Served on numerous MA theses’ committees, two PhD theses (Binghamton University and Universität Bern), many university-wide committees, and is and has been the MSA (SJSU) faculty advisor. For seven years ran the high school program at Granada Islamic School in Santa Clara. Written and lectured on numerous topics on the arts of the Middle East and published The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Press, 2005).