Asma Gull Hasan is the author of Why I Am a Muslim (HarperCollins Thorsons/Element 2004) and American Muslims: The New Generation (Continuum 2000). The daughter of Pakistani immigrants and born in Chicago, Hasan's writing has been described as "a ground-breaking portrait" of the growing American Muslim community (The Christian Century Magazine). Her second book, Why I Am a Muslim, was nominated in 2005 by the National MS Society for its 2005 Books for a Better Life Award. The State Department has invited Hasan to lecture on behalf of the US State Department all over the world, talking about Islam in America. Her books have been translated into French and Japanese and are distributed all over the world. Her op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Beliefnet.com among many others. She was a columnist for The Pueblo Chieftain, The Denver Post, and The Pakistan Link newspapers. She is also a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, including The O'Reilly Factor and has also appeared on Today, Anderson Cooper 360, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and the History Channel. Currently, she is blogging about the 2008 presidential election for Glamour Magazine's website, www.glamour.com, which can be read at http://www.glamour.com/contributors/asma-hasan. Hasan is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, Wellesley College, magna cum laude and a Durant Scholar, and the Groton School, magna cum laude.