Reza Varjavand (Ph.D, MBA, University of Oklahoma) is a retired economics professor from Graham School of management, Saint Xavier University of Chicago. During his career, he has been an avid participant in many academic organizations and active in the areas of research and presentations. His research interest includes economics of healthcare, pedagogy of teaching, recent fluctuations in price of commodities, crude oil in particular, and economics and religious practices. He has received the Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2004 at Saint Xavier University and the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2005 from the Graham School of Management. Dr. Varjavand has been a regular contributor to Op Ed News, a United States-based progressive/liberal news, activism, and opinion website" He is the author of a popular memoir entitled “From Misery Alley to Missouri Valley”. Its enhanced and updated second edition was released at the end of last August 2016.