Maxine Asher (Born 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an Atlantis researcher who operates two academic institutions of dubious legitimacy: American World University and the World Association of Universities and Colleges.
Raised in California, Asher earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and after graduation, worked as a public school teacher.
She later returned to school and earned a master's degree in ancient history from California State University, Northridge, a doctorate in education from Walden University, and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Granada. She is married with three children, and suffers from fibromyalgia.
In 1973, Asher was part of an expedition sponsored by Pepperdine University, which searched for the mythical continent of Atlantis off the coast of Cadiz, Spain.
They claimed to have discovered and photographed Atlantean artifacts, but were forced to seek refuge in Ireland after running afoul of the Spanish government, who believed that they were spies.
The expedition received widespread media coverage, including articles in Time Magazine and United Press International.
Asher has continued her studies of Atlantis-related topics. She is the director of the Ancient Mediterranean Research Association, an organization she co-founded with Julian Nava, and she has written or co-written several books on Atlantis.
Her car's vanity license plate is "ATLANTS".Asher has claimed to have psychic abilities, and credits these abilities with helping her find Atlantis, as "the highly civilized people of Atlantis also were very psychic". She has also claimed that her discoveries have been suppressed by "the Jews and the Catholics" because the discovery of Atlantis would contradict the teachings of the Bible.
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