Westmont in Istanbul Professor
Phone: (805) 565-6823
Office Location: Deane Hall 210
Only by appointment
Law, Cross-cultural & Biblical theology, Arabic language
JIM WRIGHT was born in Devon, England, which no doubt explains his difficulties with the American language. After studying law at Cambridge University he worked for a multi-national corporate law firm in London and Dubai. He left this to study cross-cultural and Biblical theology in the UK before arriving in Egypt in 1993. He spent 18 years in Egypt, initially studying Arabic and then working as a corporate lawyer. His life in the region convinced Jim of the strategic importance of the Middle East. His interaction with students from the Middle East Studies Program of the CCCU over the years convinced him of the strategic importance of American Christian College students for everything from regime change to climate change. Jim left the law and joined Westmont in 2011 in order to align these two convictions. Professor Wright and his wife Heather Keaney have directed the Westmont in Istanbul program for both Spring 2012 and 2014 semesters.