Dr. Roya Akhavan is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University. She formerly served on the faculties of Southern Illinois University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Akhavan has lived and worked in four different cultures — Persian, Japanese, American, and Chinese. In addition to her academic research and publication in the field of Mass Communications, she has a special interest in international affairs and peace studies. Her work includes a book entitled Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach. Dr. Akhavan continues to conduct research on global issues and spirituality in the 21st Century.