Graham Harman is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the classical liberal arts program at St. John's College, Annapolis (1990). His Master's Degree was done at Penn State (1991) under the renowned philosopher Alphonso Lingis, and focused on Levinas. He completed his Ph.D. at DePaul University in Chicago (1999), with a dissertation that became his first book. While finishing his doctoral studies, he worked as a Chicago sportswriter from 1996-98. From 2000-2016 he taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, leaving at the rank of Distinguished University Professor.