Jeff Helmreich teaches philosophy and law at the University of California, Irvine. He took this position after a two-year fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, where he specialized in Track 1 and Track 2 diplomacy, among other things. Prior to his academic work, Jeff worked in journalism, government speechwriting and related fields, most of it dealing with the Middle East. He is co-author and co-producer of Blood and Tears, a documentary on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that was released by ThinkFilms in 2007. He also wrote the Foreword for the Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle East Conflict, along with reporting and commentary that appeared in such venues as the Los Angeles Times, the Forward and many weeklies. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from UCLA.