Born to an Iraqi-Jewish family in Providence, Rhode Island, Joseph Braude studied Near Eastern Languages at Yale and Arabic and Islamic history at Princeton. He is fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew, and has lived, studied, and worked in most Middle Eastern capitals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Glamour, and Tablet, among other publications. Since July 2010, his weekly commentary in Arabic, “Letter from New York” (“Risalat New York”) has aired nationally in Morocco on Radio MED. He is also a contributing editor at Tablet magazine. In his spare time, Braude plays jazz piano and oud and enjoys running, cooking, and yoga.