Dr. Karen Coleman, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor Introduction to Culture
Karen Coleman, Ph.D., is the Adjunct Instructor for the AFCLC’s Introduction to Culture course. Dr. Coleman began teaching undergraduate sociology courses in 2005, and has taught at various institutions in New York City, Minnesota, and Texas, including Dyess Air Force Base in Abeline from 2009-2012. Her main research interests are art, culture, and cultural institutions, and her article, “Habermas and Art: Beyond Distinction,” published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2016), summarize her theoretical perspective on the role of the arts in modern society. Dr. Coleman received her B.A. in English and Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She studied Italian and French literature at the Università di Bologna and art history, studio art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy, and the history of art at MARCO, the contemporary art museum in Vigo, Spain . She received her Ph.D. in Sociology, with a concentration in the sociology of culture, from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2009.
Dr. Robin Goldstein, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin Goldstein, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Instructor for the AFCLC’s Introduction to Culture course. The recipient of the Women in Science Fellowship from The Field Museum of Chicago in 2005, her dissertation research focused on shifting patterns of local domestic economy and identity in the context of imperial colonization in pre-Hispanic Peru. She received her doctorate from Northwestern University in 2010, and has taught in both private university and community college settings in Chicago and South Carolina. Teaching and research interests include socio-cultural anthropology, the development of complex societies, and domestic economies within the context of expanding empires.
Dr. John Miller Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication
Dr. John Miller is Adjunct Instructor for the AFCLC's Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication course. An Associate Professor on the Air Command & Staff College faculty until his retirement in 2016, he served as Course Director for the OLMP’s Culture and Regional Studies course from 2010-2016. Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University. He began his teaching career in 1981 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in up-country Liberia. Since then, Dr. Miller has taught in South Korea (Kyungsung University), Japan (Chubu University), and the USA (Defense Language Institute, Squadron Officer College, ACSC, and Ohio University). He also served as Associate Peace Corps Director in Ukraine from 1993-1996. Dr. Miller authored AFCLC’s Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication course.
Mr. Chip Perkins
Mr. Chip Perkins is an Adjunct Instructor for the Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication class at the AFCLC. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1998 and attained Ph.D. candidacy in the same program in 2004. His dissertation research investigated enculturation in the early childhood classroom in the United States Midwest. Chip has over ten years of experience teaching in a diversity of learning communities: from prekindergarten and kindergarten public-school classrooms, to neurodivergent adolescents in a private school, to undergraduate students in a teacher education program, to adults with substance abuse disorders. Chip has recently pivoted his work toward investigating how anthropological approaches to education, learning, and mind can amplify User Experience (UX) in regards to online classroom instruction and design.
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