I have been involved in the world of education for 37 years. After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, I have been an educator since 1992 at PortsmouthAbbeySchool. I have served as head of the History Department, the assistant headmaster for student services, and most recently dean of faculty. I am also a consultant with Catholic School Management; my specialties are day-to-boarding school conversion, caring for international students, faculty affairs, and Model United Nations programs. I am also an occasional columnist for the Newport Daily News; each month I publish an essay commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
I hold a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. I have authored numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on Germany, Europe, international affairs, globalization, climate change, religion, music, and education. My most recent non-education articles are posted at my other blog: www.zilianblog.com. I have also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People’s (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr. I regularly portray Abraham Lincoln in monologues and in the one-man play I wrote about him, Honest Abe. (www.honestaberi.com) I teach ballroom dance with my company, Stardust Dance Lessons (www.stardustdancelessons.co)