Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Dr. Michael A. (Mike) Moodian, and I am an educator, nonprofit leader, and writer based in Orange County, CA. I have served as a college professor since 2006, and a faculty member in various capacities for Chapman University since 2007. I teach for Chapman’s integrated educational studies program, and I am an associate professor of social science at Chapman-affiliated Brandman University.


My first book, titled Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence, was released by Sage Publications in 2009. This is 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, and it is cited by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in establishing national learning standards.


Governor Jerry Brown appointed me to the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance this year. The commission is responsible for investigating judicial misconduct/incapacity complaints and for disciplining judges. Its jurisdiction includes all superior court judges and Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court justices. Additionally, I chair the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board (my alma mater and a top 50 private school in the Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools index), and serve as founding chair of the United Nations Association of Orange County Advisory Board, a member of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board, and an executive board member and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County.


I have written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and commentaries, and I have 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. I have presented my research at various national and international conferences and have served as an expert commentator on several television and radio programs. Based on my interest in local history, I 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). I enjoy speaking to local K-12 and community groups on South Orange County’s indigenous American activity, the Portola Expedition, Mexican governance of the land, and 20th century ranching activity.


Chapman University named me Teacher of the Year at its Irvine center in 2009, and OC Metro named me a 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010. Additionally, I 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. I organized and moderated a 2009 California gubernatorial debate (the first major political debate in U.S. history to integrate Twitter), organized and moderated a 2010 U.S. Senate town hall forum, and codirected the 2010 State of Orange County Survey.


I earned a doctorate degree in education from Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in communications and bachelor’s degree in communications and sociology from California State University, Fullerton. My doctoral dissertation is titled An Analysis of Intercultural Competence Levels of Organizational Leadership Doctoral Students. I am a former U.S. military reservist and a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development and Intercultural Conflict Style inventories.


My wife, Dr. Margaret Moodian, codirects a tutoring center for adult learners, serves on the Blind Children’s Learning Center and Tias Arms boards of directors, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth. We live in Rancho Santa Margarita with our rescue dog Manny and chinchilla Marshall.


My e-mail address and office phone number are below. I am also active on social media, so feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram by clicking on the respective links at the top of this page.




Dr. Mike Moodian


Telephone: (949) 585-2994

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