I am an Economics professor at De Anza College in Cupertino, California and a Lecturer at San Jose State University where I teach principles of macroeconomics, principles of microeconomics, 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. My previous experience also includes teaching introductory economics as a graduate student 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.
In August of 2003, after five years of teaching, I decided to go back to school and 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.
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 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 even visited Fairbanks, Alaska. As for traveling abroad, I have been to Canada (Calgary), 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.