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Raymond Scupin, PhD, Director, Professor of Anthropology and International Studies. He specializes in the study of religion, ethnicity, and globalization. He is a Fulbright Fellow who has conducted ethnographic research on Islam and Muslim-Buddhist relations in Southeast Asia. He has edited several books including Aspects of Development: Education and Political Integration for Muslims in Thailand and Malaysia (1989),Religion and Culture: An Anthropological Focus (2008), Race and Ethnicity: The United States and the World (2012), and Peoples and Cultures of Asia (2006). He is the author of a well-known introductory textbook Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective now in the 9th edition (2016).

Dale Walton, PhD, is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Lindenwood University. His previous career experience includes teaching at the University of Reading (UK) from 2007-12, serving on the faculty of the Defense and Strategic Studies Department at Missouri State University from 2001-07, and working as a Senior Analyst with the National Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Walton is the author of three books: Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War, and the American Role in the World(Routledge, 2012); Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the Twenty-first Century: Multipolarity and Revolution in Strategic Perspective(Routledge, 2007); and The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam (Frank Cass/Routledge, 2002), as well as a co-author of Understanding Modern Warfare(Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Brian Arendt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at Lindenwood University. He has taught courses in International Relations, Asian and Chinese history, and modern European history at Lindenwood University, Washington University in St. Louis, and St. Louis University. While pursuing his doctoral degree, he studied at National Chengchi University in Taiwan and taught courses at National Chonnam University in South Korea. While participating in a DAAD exchange program, he researched his dissertation at the University of Bonn, Germany. His major research interest is the history of East Asian international relations and interwar China. His publications include “China’s Participation in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.” His current research project involves state building in China after the 1911 Revolution.

Researchers & Affiliates

Joseph Cernik, PhD is a Professor of Political Science, International Business, and International Studies. He has published on a variety of topics including nuclear weapons, health care reform, and the Negro League Baseball. In addition, he has been a recipient of two fellowships: one to study military history through the United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRACDOC) and the other through the Alfred Sloan Foundation to study nuclear weapons. He serves as a frequent political analyst on CW 11.

Christina Pomianek, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lindenwood University. Her research interests are varied but center on topics of trust, cooperation, exchange and punishment. She carried out extended fieldwork in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, where her research focused on the spread of formal financial institutions such as banks and credit unions as well as the persistence of local, traditional, and informal financial institutions such as the rotating savings and credit association locally known as arisan. She is interested in how the use of these financial institutions relates to other aspects of life, particularly education, migration, labor, and land-use. She received a Fulbright Award and a Boren Fellowship in support of her research in Indonesian Borneo, and with the support of three Foreign Language Area Studies award, has developed near-native fluency in Bahasa Indonesia.

Nancy Durbin, PhD is a Professor of French. She teaches courses in French language as well as French and Francophone culture and literature. She specializes in eighteenth-century literature, but has research interests in many periods of French literary history. In addition to advising French majors, she also advises many undergraduates majoring in International Studies as well as native French speaking students on the Lindenwood campus.

Lynda Leavitt, EdD is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. She teaches courses on Educational Leadership; Instructional Improvement Strategies and 21st Century Issues in Education. Her interests include globalization and the effects on education curriculum and instruction, school reform initiatives and the 21st century learner. She specializes in the area of global leadership competencies and is currently completing an interdisciplinary comparative analysis of global leadership competencies of International and American students on the Lindenwood campus.

Meredith Marsh, PhD is an Associate Professor and Chair of History and Geography. She teaches courses on world regional geography, economic geography, the geography of food, and various courses related to geography education. Her research interests include geography education, geospatial literacy, as well as local and global agricultural and food production processes.

Chryssa Sharp PhD is an Associate Professor of International Business in Lindenwood University’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship. She earned a PhD in Management from the University of Calgary in Canada and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Sharp’s industry experiences encompass aspects of marketing, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications. She has also been involved with developing programs to support small business exporting. Dr. Sharp’s academic interests include the intersection of organizational behavior and strategic decision making, corporate discrimination and the globalization of higher education. Dr. Sharp has lived in Europe and Asia and has travelled in over thirty countries.

Maite Nunez-Betelu PhD is a Professor of Spanish. She teaches courses in Spanish language, culture, history and literature. She specializes in contemporary Basque Women Writers but her research interests include Basque and Hispanic culture as well as contemporary women writers of Spain and Latin America. 

Gabriela Romero Ghiretti PhD is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Supervisor of the Foreign Language Lab at Lindenwood University. Her research interests include Latin American women writers; women and gender studies; avant-garde literature; gender and modernity; representations of Hispanics in popular culture, and language acquisition through literature. As a University citizen, she works to support diversity and multiculturalism and has presented in the Diversity Dialogues on immigration and DACA. She particularly supports international students who work as tutors in the Foreign Languages Lab. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and received awards in teaching and writing. She regularly presents papers in conferences, both domestically and abroad.

Theodore Cohen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of History at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  His research and teaching interests sit at the intersections among African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Mexican history. He has published articles highlighting the contributions of Mexican art and music to the New Negro Movement; the place of Mexican dance within African American visions of the Afro-Caribbean; and the racialization of "La bamba" in Mexican culture, the African Diaspora, and Chicano nationalism. He is the only Latin American historian to receive a two-year residential fellowship from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. His research has also received external funding and awards from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Conference on Latin American History, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Middle Atlantic Conference on Latin American Studies.

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