Sussan Babaie: I was born in 1954, in Iran. My family lived in Abadan, at the tip of the Persian Gulf and across from the waterway that stood as the Iran-Iraq border. My father worked in the oil industry. In my early childhood, I grew up in an environment where Persian and Arabic were often intermixed. When I was 12, my family moved to Teheran where I also went to college at the University of Teheran's Faculty of Fine Arts. I was still in college when by the end of 1978 street demonstrations became an all out revolution leading to the February 1979 departure of the Shah and the rise of the Islamic Republic. I must have gotten one of the last student visas issued by the US Embassy in Teheran before it was stormed in November 1979. I left to pursue my graduate education but in the midst of the upheavals it was my brother, who was then attending college in the US, who chose art history as my field! For a Master's degree, I studies Italian Renaissance and American Arts in Washington, DC, followed by a PhD at New York University when I focused on the arts of Islam.