Adele Barker Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project.

Adele Barker, who was awarded a Ucross Fellowship for her work on her latest book, "Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka", has taught at the universities of Arizona and Washington. She is the author and editor of five books on Russian literature and cultural life. In 2001-2002 she received a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to teach and write in Sri Lanka. After the tsunami she returned to the island where she traveled to the areas most devastated by the waves and by the thirty year old civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the central Sinhalese government.