SHELDON GREAVES earned his B.A. and M.A. in Near Eastern studies at BYU, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder and chief academic officer at Henley-Putnam University in San Jose, California. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches courses on religious extremism and secret societies. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his spouse, Denise, and three cats.