Nomi Morris is a lecturer in the writing program at UC Santa Barbara and director of UCSB’s Journalism Certificate program. She was based in Jerusalem and covered the region when she served Middle East Bureau Chief for Knight Ridder Newspapers (now McClatchy). Previously she had been TIME’s correspondent in Berlin and the Senior Writer for International at Maclean’s, Canada’s national news magazine. Since moving to California, Morris has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other magazines and literary journals. Morris holds an MFA in nonfiction writing and previously taught at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism in Los Angeles and Brooks Institute in Ventura.