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Dr. Margalynne Armstrong, Visiting Associate Professor

Margalynne Armstrong has worked with other GPPAG faculty to develop the curriculum for Rule of Law certificate pilot course. She is also an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she has taught since 1987. Her academic specializations include constitutional law, property, race and racism in the law, and comparative law. She has also practiced in the areas of poverty law and public employment law.

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Dr. Mie Augier, Associate Professor of Economics 

Dr. Walter L. Christman, Associate Professor

Walter Christman joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008. Professor Christman's research interests include global public policy and critical security studies; Global Compact and alter-globalization; and the impact of information technology on international security cooperation. Professor Christman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Geneva's Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Dr. George Lucas, Professor (tenured)

George Lucas is a tenured professor who holds a joint appointment with GPPAG the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. Previous experience includes serving as the Distinguished Chair of Ethics (tenured) at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy. He currently serves as co-founder and Deputy Director of the Consortium on Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security and is a Lincoln Fellow in Ethics at the Lincoln Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at ASU. He has at a variety of distinguished universities including Georgetown and Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven (Belgium). Dr. Lucas holds a PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University.

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Dr. Frank Barrett, Associate Chair

Frank Barrett joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1996. He serves as a Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy and most recently was named the Associate Chair of GPPAG. His teaching interests include organizational change, qualitative research methods, organizational design, and leadership and complexity. His current research concerns innovation, creativity, organizational change, leadership, collaboration and organizational discourse. Professor Barrett earned his doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


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Dr. Karen Guttieri, Assistant Professor

Karen Guttieri joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001, after conducting post-doctoral research at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Her scholarship on military operations in civilian environments analyzes dynamics of transitions, strategic implications of them, and normative issues such as standards for civilian care. Her current research seeks to engage in fresh ways the now standard debates around globalization and national security issues. A native of California, Professor Guttieri earned her doctorate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

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Mr. Erik Jens, NIU Chair

Mr. Erik Jens holds a courtesy GPPAG appointment as the National Intelligence University (NIU) Chair. While pursuing his Ph.D. in NPS’s Department of National Security Affairs, he is working with GPPAG to develop new courses and build academic collaboration with NIU. Mr. Jens’s areas of study include intelligence collection, law, and ethics. Prior to joining NIU in 2008, Mr. Jens served in the U.S. Army, then several years with the Defense Intelligence Agency as a civilian officer with multiple overseas deployments. Mr. Jens holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Dr. Robert Looney, Distinguished Professor

Dr. Robert Looney holds a joint appointment with GPPAG and the NPS National Security Affairs Department. Prior experience includes work with the Stanford Research Institute and consulting for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Looney's research interests include expeditionary economics, economic intelligence, economic development, and defense expenditures in developing/post-conflict countries. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis.  

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Dr. Robert M. McNab, Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Robert McNab joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in August 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. Professor McNab's research interests include the outcomes of fiscal decentralization, the reform of budgeting and tax administration systems in developing and transitional countries, and the economics of insurgent movements. Professor McNab earned his BA from California State University, Stanislaus and his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Dr. Maria-Dubravka Pineda, Visiting Professor

Maria-Dubravka Pineda joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008 as a visiting professor. Her research interests include global change and international governance; public sector risk; globalization; and gender and inclusion. Dr. Pineda has an MBA in finance from Pepperdine University and earned her doctorate in urban planning with a concentration on risk, economic policy and regional development from the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in leading capacities in both the private and public sectors including the Ministry of Youth in Venezuela and as a senior advisor for energy sector reform in Latin America.

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Dr. Anke Richter, Associate Professor

Dr. Anke Richter has been teaching the Analytical Methods in Support Stability Operations for GPPAG’s SSDCO program and serves as GPPAG's Academic Assocaite. She also teaches with the Defense Resource Management Institute at NPS. She as taught both civilian and military officials from a variety of countries. Her research interests include risk and decision analysis within the government sector, resource allocation, and health economics. Dr. Richter’s PhD. is in Operations Research from Stanford University.

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Dr. Marc J. Ventresca, Research Associate Professor

Marc J. Ventresca joined the GPPAG faculty in 2009 and has been affiliated with the Naval Postgraduate School since 2006. Professor Ventresca conducts research in the area of global security, innovation, and policy knowledge.  He teaches technology strategy focusing on innovation and institutional infrastructure at the University of Oxford. He also teaches leadership in complex operations environments, with a focus on social network strategies and strategy implementation at Oxford and in other global executive programs. Professor Ventresca earned his doctorate in sociology (focus on organizations, culture, and economic institutions) from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

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GPPAG Affiliate Faculty

Dr. John Czarnecki, Professor, Affiliate Faculty

Jonathan Czarnecki joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001, where he is a Professor with the Naval War College Monterey program and is a member of the Modeling and Simulation Council. His current research includes joint combat operations model and theory and information as the key to success in operational thinking. Professor Czarnecki earned his doctorate in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.

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Dr. Dayne Nix, Affiliate Faculty

Besides being a GPPAG Senior Fellow, Dr. Dayne Nix also teaches Teach Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) at the Naval War College’s Monterey program, providing students with Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff mandated Joint Professional Military Education curriculum.  He has also worked with the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom conducting research on the relationship between stability and security and repressive religious policies in Central Asia and U.S. policy in Central Asia. Dr. Nix has considerable teaching experience, including with the Naval War College in Newport and Salve Regina University, where he earned his PhD in Humanities. Other experience includes working with the Yellow Ribbon Returning Warrior Program and serving in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

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Honorable Bijan Kian, Senior Fellow

The Honorable Bijan R. Kian is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of GreenZone Systems, Inc. a Silicon Valley advanced technology firm and he also serves as a Senior Advisor to Gallup. His diverse background spans over three decades. A senior commercial diplomat, he formerly served on the board of directors of the Export Import Bank of the United States and headed the Office of Foreign Investment for the State of California.

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CAPT Wayne Porter, Affiliate Faculty

In addition to being a Senior Fellow with GPPAG, Captain Wayne Porter has been assigned by the Secretary of Defense to establish a Chair for Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School, where he plans to pursue his PhD. Three of CAPT Porter’s last four tours were on the staff of ADM Mike Mullen. During ADM Mullen’s time as Commander, NATO Forces South, CAPT Porter served as his Director, Operational Net Assessment.

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Dr. Thomas Moore, Professor, Affiliate Faculty

Tom Moore joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1986, where he has worked in a variety of programs. He is currently a Professor with the U.S. Naval War College program at NPS. He has taught courses in joint military planning, operations research, probability and statistics, queuing theory, database design, inventory theory, Naval supply systems management, information technology management and logistics engineering.  Colonel Moore received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech, a M.S. from Stanford University in operations research and a B.A. from Northeastern University in mathematics with minors in physics and Spanish.

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