I grew up in Madison, WI. I earned my BA in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an MA and PhD in Biblical Hebrew and Semitic Studies, with a minor in Arabic. I've published a number of academic articles, listed after this biography.
After 9/11, I served for four years at the Top Secret National Security Agency as an Arabic linguist, during which time I earned the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for service performed in Iraq in 2004.
In 2006 I left the NSA to become a teacher of Latin at a public high school. I speak Spanish, Romanian, and Arabic. I'm the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies, by Wiley Publishing. I'm proud to be a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and I'm a certified interpreter for that organization.
Please Explore My Books
In addition to my interest in languages, I've written several novels published by Lingua Sacra Publishing. My first novel, A Place of Brightness, tells the story of a family starting from the time they were fighting against Communist tyranny in 1960's Romania down to the current day.
The novel Amor Vincit Omnia: An Andrew Valquist Adventure , recounts the early days of a new linguist at the National Security Agency. In this novel, I indulge my love of Latin and spin a tale in which a knowledge of that ancient language is crucial to stopping a shadowy terrorist organization.
Another novel students of Latin will love is In Saecula Saeculorum, in which a group of four high school students are sent back in time to Ancient Rome on a mission to save the world. I invite you to click on the link to my main page to explore my novels and other resources for learning languages.
2008 Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. Wiley Publishing. ISBN 9780470373378.
2008 "A Latin Etymology for Romanian DA = Yes" in Ianua. Revista Philologica Romanica, Vol. 8. ISSN: 1616-413X.
2008 "Further Evidence for an "Italic" Substratum in Romanian," in Philologie im Netz 43/2008, pp. 11-16. ISSN 1433-7177.
2007 "Vergilian Allusions In Newman’s “Kindly Light," in Newman Studies Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007. ISSN 1547-9080.
2006 "A Second Look at Latin Secundus = 'Favorable'" in Pomoerium Online Journal, Vol. 5/2004-2006. ISSN 0945-2354.
2002 "Letters and Mysterious Letters," contributor of article for Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (E.J. Brill Publishers). ISBN-13: 978-9004123557.
1996 "Mystery Letters of the Quran," in Arabica (E.J. Brill Publishers) by Keith Massey. ISSN: 0570-5398
1995 "Semitic Quadriliteral Animal Terms: An Explanation," in Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) by Keith Massey and Kevin Massey. ISSN 0259-0131
1993 "Dialogue of Creeds" in ISLAMOCHRISTIANA
(Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies) by Keith Masseyand Kevin Massey. ISSN: 0392-7288.