Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of religion and the Middle East. He is the former Director of Research at Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, and former Editor-in-Chief of Aslan Media. He is the co-author of Iran, Israel and the United States (2011), and co-editor of The Moral Psychology of Terrorism (2013). He is the author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (2012), and, most recently, Understanding Islam and the West (2017). His articles and op-eds have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, CNN, and Religion Dispatches, among others.