Hadi Nicholas Deeb was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After earning undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, he practiced law for several years at a large firm in New York, most memorably by helping the new government of Iraq get back on its feet financially. In 2008, Hadi switched gears to earn a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from UCLA, where he wrote a dissertation titled “Remixing Authorship: Copyright and Capital in Hollywood’s New Media Age.” Another gear shift put him on the writer’s path, leading to the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop and a Staff Writer position on the NBC drama, Blindspot.