Jerome Komisar was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He did his undergraduate work at New York University, his graduate studies at Columbia University, and taught economics at City College of New York, Hamilton College, and the State University of New York Binghamton. His higher education administrative career was varied and extensive, moving from a department chairmanship at Binghamton to Executive Vice Chancellor and Acting Chancellor of the State University of New York. He was President of the University of Alaska System for eight years.
Dr. Komisar is the author of three other novels, The Last Believer, Church of the Hungry: An Alaskan Romance, and In the Shadow of Dante: A Contemporary Love Story Seven Centuries Old. He is co-author of a textbook, Economics and Man, with John S. Gambs.
He lives with his wife, Natalie, and has four children and six grandchildren.