I am an Economics professor at De Anza College in Cupertino, California and a Lecturer at San Jose State
University in San Jose, California. I teach principles of macroeconomics, principles of microeconomics,
economics of social issues, and intermediate microeconomics. I also taught Government/Economics and
Advanced Placement Economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California from 1998-2003 and
from 2006-2014. Currently, I am the AP Economics mentor teacher at Valley Christian High School. My
previous experience also includes teaching introductory economics at George Mason University.
I graduated from Santa Teresa High School located in San Jose, California in 1989. I then attended San Jose
State University where I earned a B.A. in Economics (minor in Speech-Communications) in 1995 and an M.A.
in Applied Economics in 1997. While at San Jose State University, I was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and
the Speech and Debate Team. I also served in student government as Interfraternity Council President in 1993.
I originally wanted to go to law school and eventually become a JAG officer in the United States Marine
Corps. I was accepted and I reported to USMC Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia in June of
1993. However, I was medically discharged (injury) from OCS; moreover, I did not go to law school. I
eventually began teaching (1998) after receiving my Master's degree from San Jose State University.
In August of 2003, after five years of teaching at the high school, community college, and university levels, I
decided to get my doctorate. In 2010, I earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in
Fairfax, Virginia, where the faculty included Nobel Prize winners Dr. James Buchanan and Dr. Vernon Smith.
I also had the honor of being the student of Dr. Walter E. Williams. My fields of study were Austrian
economics and Public Choice economics. Actually, before getting the Ph.D., I learned Austrian economics at
the Ludwig von Mises Institute summer programs at Auburn University (1996 and 1998) and at the New York
University (NYU)/Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) Austrian Economics summer programs (1997
My father is Assyrian (from Iran) and my mother is from Ecuador. I was born in San Jose, California on
August 23, 1971. I speak Assyrian and Spanish and I have studied some Italian.
I got married on June 29, 2013 to my beautiful wife. She is a public school elementary teacher. I also have a
new baby girl.
I enjoy traveling and learning about other places and cultures. I have seen most of the United States from our
major cities to the middle of nowhere, especially since I completed a cross-country drive from
Washington D.C. to San Jose (going through Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New
Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) in April 2006. I have also been to Fairbanks, Alaska. As for
traveling abroad, I have been to Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, and Kelowna), Mexico (Ensenada),
The Bahamas (Nassau), and the following several countries in Europe on five separate occasions (fall 1997;
summers 2001, 2002, 2003; and winter 2014): Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands,
Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
As for hobbies, I enjoy reading (economics, politics, and religion), watching my favorite TV shows, going to
the movies, and working out at the gym.