Dr. Michael A. Moodian is a Southern California–based writer and educator who has served on the faculty of Chapman University since 2007. He has released two books, including Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), an edited volume that 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.


In addition to his books, Michael has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and commentaries on a variety of topics. He has been a guest op-ed contributor on social and political issues for publications such as
the Orange County Register, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Daily News, Honolulu Advertiser, Riverside
Press-Enterprise, La Opinión
 and Boxing Digest. He has presented his research at various national and
international conferences and has served as an expert commentator on several television and radio programs.


Michael is the chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, an executive board member of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative and a consultative school board member for Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He was named Teacher of the Year at Chapman’s Irvine center in 2009 and an OC Metro 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010. In addition, he was one of 18 Americans (and the only California resident) selected by the European Union to travel to Brussels last year as a citizen diplomat and discuss education policy with EU officials.


He holds a doctorate degree in education from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton. Michael’s doctoral dissertation is titled An Analysis of Intercultural Competence Levels of Organizational Leadership Doctoral Students.


Michael is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development and Intercultural Conflict Style inventories.
He is a retired U.S. military reservist.


Contact Information:

Telephone: (949) 585-2994

E-mail: drmike[at]moodian[dot]com