Nomi Morris is a lecturer in the writing program at UC Santa Barbara and director of UCSB’s Journalism Certificate program. She been a professional writer and journalist for three decades. After covering the opening of the Berlin Wall for the Toronto Star newspaper she reported from Berlin for the San Francisco Chronicle, CBC Radio and others before becoming TIME’s correspondent there. She was then Senior Writer for International at Maclean’s, Canada’s national news magazine, before moving to Jerusalem in the late 1990s as Middle East Bureau Chief for Knight Ridder Newspapers (now McClatchy). Since moving to California, Morris has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and the Santa Barbara News-Press. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in 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.