Originally from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, I came to the United States in 1996 as an international student of Literature and Literary Studies. Before arriving in America, I was a career Infantry officer in the Pakistan army, but took an early retirement at the rank of a Major. In my army career I took part in active combat, commanded an infantry company, and taught at the School of Infantry and Tactics.
I got my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Belmont University, Nashville and went on to earn my Ph.D. from Florida State University. Besides being a professor of literature, I have worked as an editor, as a doctoral student director, a Federal Grant Director, and, I consider this the best of my experiences, as a restaurant worker. I have published several books on literary studies and on social issues and am also a trained User Experience Researcher.
I have been married to Jenny Caneen Raja, the love of my life, for seventeen years and we will soon be living in our house in Wheeling, WV along with our four cats and our dog, Beatrice.
Philosophically, I believe in the dignity of all human beings and have worked all my life, at micro and macro levels, to make this world a better place for all those around me. I bring this respect and compassion for others to my practice as a life coach.
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