Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. She is a United Nations Global Expert with the UN Alliance of Civilizations; a member of the British Council's Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network, and a member of the U.S. State Department's Generation Change initiative. Her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. Her next book, a memoir entitled Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, is scheduled for publication on August 1, 2013 by Penguin/Avery.
Moezzi is a blogger for The Huffington Post, Ms. and Bipolar Magazine. She is also a featured columnist for Bipolar Magazine's print edition. Her writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, NPR, Al Arabiya, Parabola, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, among other outlets.
Moezzi has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR's All Things Considered, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Georgia Gazette, HLN's Dr. Drew, the Ricki Lake Show, PRI's To the Point with Warren Olney, Air America's Montel Across America, the Laura Ingraham Show, and other radio and television programs.
Moezzi has worked as a corporate and non-profit consultant and attorney. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reporting to the U.S. Congressional Commission on International Religious Freedom. She has also served as a federal congressional intern for former Representative Tony P. Hall and an intern covering health and human rights for The Carter Center.
Moezzi regularly gives lectures and seminars on issues related to Islam, Iran, human rights and/or mental health. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law, as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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