Welcome to the web page of Joel D. Hirst. Joel is a novelist and a playwright. Author of "Lords of Misrule", a saga about jihad in the Sahara. His previous works include "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio"; and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio". He is working on his fourth novel "From the Camps" about refugees from East Africa. His first play (unpublished) is called "Dreams of the Defeated". Joel was a visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute and a visiting International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Brandeis University.