Deborah Coulter-Harris, Ph. D., a native of Massachusetts, currently teaches full time in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Toledo; she was awarded UT's Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012. Deborah received her Ph.D. in 18th century British Literature and Linguistics from The University of Toledo in 1995; she also possesses a Master of Science degree in Business and Human Relations from Abilene Christian University in Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Deborah has an Honors Diploma in the Russian language from the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California, and is a graduate of the Sherman Kent School of Analysis, Career Analyst Program at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During the 1970s, Deborah studied acting at the famous Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre schools in Dublin, Ireland, and performed in numerous classical plays overseas. While in Ireland, Deborah published her first collection of poetry, wrote and performed a weekly radio show for RTE, Irish National Radio, and appeared on a weekly sitcom for RTE television.
Dr. Coulter-Harris has also worked as speechwriter and Executive Assistant (EA) for Mr. L.J. Sevin, the CEO of Mostek Corporation, a former semiconductor manufacturer with 14,000 employees in Dallas, Ireland, and Taiwan. She has served as a Russian linguist in the United States Army and as a civilian at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she also studied an advanced Russian Language course. During her travels as an Army wife, she taught at colleges and universities in Greece, Ohio, New York, and Philadelphia. Just prior to coming to Toledo in 2003, she served as an officer and as a Middle East Political Analyst at Central Intelligence Agency where she wrote 52 pieces of Intelligence for President Clinton's and President George W. Bush's administrations; she won 5 Exceptional Performance Awards for her analysis and trade craft.
Dr. Coulter-Harris is the author of six books: Stone Keeper, A Collection of Poetry and Plays, by Linus Publications, Inc, August, 2008; Linus Publications also published her first book on writing, Writers Crossing Boundaries: Writing the Real World in 2008; Freed from the Plough and Other Innocent Tales, online publication with Tyborne Hill Publishers; her first poetry collection, The Dirt Road, was published in Dublin, Ireland by Manloc Press, in 1976. In 2013, she published The Queen of Sheba: Literature, Legend, and Lore, with McFarland Publishers. Her new academic non-fiction book with McFarland Publishers, Chasing Immortality in World Religions, was published in 2016.