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Dr. Jessica Jordan

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Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia)

Dr. Jessica Jordan is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia) at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She grew up and lived for twenty-three years on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, which was an experience that motivated her to pursue graduate studies on the history and politics of this region.

She received her Ph.D. in modern Japanese history from the University of California, San Diego (2015), after which she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh (2015-2017). There she taught courses on histories of the world, modern Southeast Asia, Japan, and WWII at the undergraduate level before accepting her current position.

Within the professional military studies programs of Air University, she has taught a range of in-person and virtual courses on such topics as: the early modern and modern Asia Pacific, systemic dilemmas of the global US military presence, and modern Japanese history. In addition, she regularly teaches the in-residence courses in the AWC Strategic Studies master’s degree program, including the Foundations of Strategy (Department of Strategy) and Northeast Asia Regional and Cultural Studies (Department of International Security Studies) courses. She also manages a variety of other programs through the AFCLC, and since 2019 has served as the Center faculty member responsible for curating academic content featured in the annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Symposium event.

Her publications consist of several contributions to peer-reviewed journals as well as open source articles, Japanese to English translations, and electronic volumes targeting public audiences. Her research interests focus on the politics and history of colonialism in the Western Pacific Islands (geo-cultural Micronesia), and the systemic dilemmas of the US global military presence from the perspectives of base-hosting communities. She is currently revising her dissertation about the politics of memory and history of the Japanese and US empires in the Northern Mariana Islands for submission to an academic press.

A full CV is available upon request.

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