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


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.

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Dr. Patricia Fogarty

Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations



Dr. Jessica Jordan

Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia)



Dr. Susan Steen is Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and held a variety of leadership positions in the field of international education prior to joining AFCLC in 2015. She has traveled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia presenting on topics related to international education and intercultural competence. Dr. Steen’s scholarship involves intercultural, interpersonal, and organizational communication. She uses a communication perspective to examine ways individuals and groups can connect across cultural divides, build resilient communities, and enact inclusion and agility.  Her research interests include Coordinated Management of Meaning Theory, Cosmopolitan Communication, Resilience, Moral Conflict, Moral Injury, and Intercultural Conflict.  Most recently, her work has focused on the use of Cosmopolitan Communication in bridging conflict, strengthening resilience in individuals, communities and organizations; and promoting intercultural effectiveness.  She serves on the international board of the CMM Institute, which is dedicated to advancing communication as a powerful force in creating community, positive relationships, healthy organizations, and mature civic processes.   

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