Nancy Diggs’ seventh book reflects her long interest in other cultures, which was enhanced by an early work exchange program in Switzerland and a B.A. in French at Case Western Reserve University. After many years of translating French, Spanish and German, she returned to college to obtain a Master of Humanities degree at Wright State University and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies at the Union Institute.

An avid traveler who has visited every continent, she has lived in France, participated in language immersion/homestay programs in Japan and Mexico, and volunteered in Ecuador, Romania, and Haiti.

With Breaking the Cycle Dr. Diggs explores a culture of which many middle-class Americans are largely unaware: the dysfunctional world of the inner-city teen, painting a vivid picture of the challenges they must overcome and how they are doing so with the help of a remarkable school.

In addition to Breaking the Cycle, Nancy Diggs is the author of Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America (Michigan State University Press, 2011), Meet the Japanese (Renaissance Press, 1991), Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience (State University of New York Press, 1998), and Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men (State University of New York Press, 2001). She is also co-author, with Evangeline Lindsley, of My Century: An Outspoken Memoir, and, with Tanya Higgins, of A Look at Life in Northern Ireland (Edwin P. Mellen Press, 2001).