Shirin is Iranian-American and directs Empower Women Media. She is the author of Muslims Next Door and the co-author of Islam and North America. With a background in media and cross-cultural training, Shirin assists multiple organizations in faith-based initiatives. The Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, NYTimes.com, and Christianity Today have featured her writing and work among Muslims and Christians alike. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and is fluent in English, French and Farsi. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD focused on the intersection of women’s rights and religious freedom. firstname.lastname@example.org & www.empowerwomen.media.