“Finding in Morgan Shuster a spirit resembling that of the Peace Corps volunteers who served in Iran from 1962 to 1976, I knew the writing of this book was almost unavoidable,” says Joan Gaughan. Her own Peace Corps experience in Iran and her knowledge of the country and its language make her uniquely qualified to evaluate Morgan Shuster’s efforts in 1911 to put that country’s chaotic finances on a sound footing at a time when Iran was divided between the British and Russian spheres of interest.
Gaughan holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and has taught history and humanities in college for thirty years. Her publications include the three-volume Milestones in Western Civilization, seven articles in the Victorian Encyclopedia, and The ‘Encumbrances’: British Women in India, 1615-1858. She makes frequent presentations at conferences on British colonial history and other topics.
Currently, Gaughan is editor of the Peace Corps Iran Association’s newsletter, Khabar Nameh, and is co-founder and manager of McKenzie Sporthorses. She lives in Manchester, Michigan.