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Michael Moodian Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Michael Moodian, Ed.D.

Professor of Communications, Social Sciences and Sociology


Social Sciences




Dr. Michael A. Moodian has served as a faculty member for the University since 2007. He is a professor of social science at University of Massachusetts Global and the editor of a graduate textbook titled "Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence" (Sage, 2009). This volume examines the application of cultural comprehension to organizations and the measurement of intercultural competence. The book has quickly become widely used in graduate and undergraduate classes around the world, and it is cited by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in establishing national learning standards. 


Dr. Moodian has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and commentaries; is a Huffington Post blogger; and has been a guest op-ed contributor on social and political issues for newspapers such as the Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Daily News. Based on his interest in local history, he wrote a short book on the ranch history of South Orange County and North San Diego County titled Images of America: Rancho Santa Margarita (Arcadia, 2010). Michael enjoys speaking to local K-12 and community groups on South Orange County’s indigenous American activity, the Portolá Expedition, Mexican governance of the land, and 20th century ranching activity.

Chapman University named him Teacher of the Year at its Irvine center in 2009, and OC Metro named him a 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010. Additionally, he was one of 18 Americans (and the only California resident) selected by the European Union to travel to Brussels in 2012 as a citizen diplomat to discuss education policy with EU officials.



  • Social Sciences
  • Organizational Leadership


Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Dissertation: “An Analysis of Intercultural Competence Levels of Organizational Leadership Doctoral Students”

M.A. in Communications

California State University Fullerton

B.A. in Communications and Strategy

California State University Fullerton

Scholarly Activities

Moodian, M.A. (Ed.), Contemporary leadership and intercultural competence: Exploring the cross-cultural dynamics within organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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