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Dr. Scott Edmondson

Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Africa)

Dr. Scott M. Edmondson is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Africa) at the AFCLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, with over eight years of teaching experience in both university (UCLA, Univ. of Michigan) and military settings (USAJFKSWCS, Air University). A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire and Fulbright-Hays Fellow in Ghana, Dr. Edmondson has conducted ethnographic field research in West Africa on popular media production and religious movements, and has worked as a sociocultural intelligence analyst for the 4MISG/US Army Special Operations Command and USAFRICOM. His teaching and research interests include: African religious, media, and security studies; globalization and postcolonial theory; historiography and ethnography; semiotics and narrative analysis; military cross-cultural competence; youth cultures, social media, and radicalization; and cultural property protection/heritage, identity, and conflict.


Dr. Patricia Fogarty

Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations



Dr. Kristin Hissong

Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Middle East North Africa)



Dr. Jessica Jordan

Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia)




Dr. Susan Steen is Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication at the AFCLC. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication, focused on intercultural communication, from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007, and has held a variety of positions in the fields of international and intercultural education. Prior to joining AFCLC in the fall of 2015, she served as Assistant Provost and Director of International Engagement at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has traveled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and has presented in the U.S. and abroad on numerous topics related to cultural competence.

Dr. Steen’s scholarship involves intercultural, interpersonal, and organizational and leadership communication.  Her previous research focused on cross-cultural and re-entry adaptation, political rhetoric, organizational culture, and cultural influences (especially race/ethnicity and gender) on emotional expression. Her current work centers on cosmopolitan communication, derived from Coordinated Management of Meaning theory, as a means of enacting coherence and coordination among members of diverse cultural communities, and she is the lead author on a related book chapter in the Handbook of Communication Training (Routledge, 2018). Her course “Effective Communication for Leaders in the Global Context” garnered the 2017 Air War College award for Excellence in Electives.

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