Mert received his B.A. in French from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) in '07. He previously received his B.S. in Finance ('89-UAB) and his M.B.A. ('93-UAB). He is studying towards a PhD degree in French Literature and his area of interest includes the negotiation of literary identity during the height of the “philosophe vs. anti-philosophe” conflict in the middle of the 18th century. His research focuses on the literary output of writers whose careers were influenced by the two camps during the period of 1750-65, as well as writers who neither joined one camp nor the other during the conflict.
Ex-professional tennis player and coach, Mert writes articles for tennis publications on each side of the Atlantic Ocean and keeps a blog.
He was born in Istanbul, and has a daughter, Erin.