Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2006. He completed a Magister in Ethnologie at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1998. He taught at Princeton University in 2006 and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Religion and Media at NYU in 2006-2007. Born in formerly divided Berlin, he grew up mainly in Germany but also in France and Canada. He has completed ethnographic field research on religious identification, nationalism, ritual and violence in Gibraltar, the United States, and Gujarat, India. He currently holds a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at Rutgers University.