Michelle Martin is an author, educator, blogger and single mom of one college-aged son. In her academic life she researches and writes about post-conflict dynamics in Africa, and a range of other social problems. In her more personal prose she writes about single parenting, empty-nesting, online dating, and living an authentic life in an often inauthentic world. She strives to find meaning (and humor) in just about everything. Michelle has written three books, and numerous articles on a range of social issues.

Michelle has a PhD in Peace Studies, a master's in global policy, and an MSW, and has spent most of her career working with individuals and families dealing with a range of issues, both at home and abroad. She has traveled around the globe in an attempt to better understand humankind, but has only ended up with more questions. Mostly, she is passionate about connecting on a deeper level with all types of people, with the hope of contributing to finding peaceful solutions to all of the conflict in the world.

Despite years of traveling the globe, Michelle learned through writing an online dating profile that she doesn't have a single legitimate hobby and has no favorite "hot spots." And despite not being very outdoorsy, Michelle has hiked and fished for years with her very outdoorsy son.  Michelle lives in Chicago, Illinois, a city that she absolutely adores.

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