Born in a conservative Hindu family, I grew up in a small town in the West Bengal province of India. As my father moved up the ladders of government service, I constantly moved from town to town. Growing up in an era of India-Pakistan conflicts and Hindu-Muslim tensions, I observed these tensions wherever I went and became interested in the dynamics of conflict. Eventually, I went on to finish my Masters in India, and became a high school teacher in the Indian Public School system. As time passed by, my life became engulfed in teaching. Finally, I had the opportunity to pursue higher education in a subject that had always intrigued me in my early life. I came to the United States to finish my doctorate in political science, more specifically in terrorism and conflict studies. Ever since then, I have continued to explore more about terrorism and other issues relating to conflict through my research.