Master of Arts in Strategic Studies


Program Director

James Dalton, MA
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James Dalton is an experienced educator, with a focus on graduate and undergraduate military college program development and instruction. Earning the rank of commander with 27 years of active duty military experience in the U.S. Navy, Dalton has served as a naval flight officer and a professor at the Naval War College. As a military professor, he developed and managed military education programs for advanced warfare studies related to conventional and unconventional warfare across all phases. During his assignment as a joint experimentation officer, he designed and coordinated test programs for new systems to benefit all branches of the U.S. Special Forces and developed curriculum dedicated to unconventional warfare education. He has his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri.

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Master of Arts in Strategic Studies

Assistant Program Manager
Chelsea Copeland

Chelsea Copeland joined Norwich University Online in May 2016 as an enrollment adviser for bachelor's students. In February 2018, she assumed the role of Assistant Program Manager for Strategic Studies, National Security Studies, and Criminal Justice degree programs for a number of areas related to curriculum, instruction, and the assessment of student learning outcomes. Chelsea previous worked on Norwich's residential campus and handled the South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia states for admissions’ recruiting territory. Chelsea completed her bachelor’s degree in communications from Norwich in 2012. Her hobbies include running, hiking, yoga and spontaneous travel as she enjoys seeing/learning what the world has to offer.

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Student Services Advisor
Jennifer West, M.S.

Jennifer West joined the advisor team in July 2017 as a Student Services Advisor for the several graduate programs. After 20 years in education, administration and education technology, she is thrilled to be a part of Norwich University and bring her experience and communications expertise to these programs. She arrived to Norwich University from California where she earned her master's degree at Stanford University, education credentialing from Santa Clara University and undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Featured Faculty

Angelo J. Collura, PhD, CAPT USN (Ret)

Angelo J. Collura is a retired Navy captain who served more than 30 years assigned to various commands within the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of Naval Intelligence. His assignments included military duties, as well as four commanding officer positions, within all of the major intelligence commands, including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

His educational background includes a BA from the Pennsylvania State University, an MS from Georgetown University, and a PhD from Catholic University, all in the fields of linguistics and international studies. In addition, he served as instructor in both Italian and German at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis after assignment to NATO in Naples, Italy. Further instructional and course development duties included those relating to leadership and management programs for the Directorates of Operations and Intelligence within the Central Intelligence Agency. Later foreign tours included both military and Congressional duties in assignments dealing with the Middle East, the Pacific Rim area and Russia.

Other short-term U.S. government assignments included special projects as a Congressional liaison to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on negotiations with Somalia, and Chinese (PRC) and Russian participation with that country on the Horn of Africa. In addition, there were later projects as a Secretary of Defense interface with the People's Republic of Vietnam on bi-lateral negotiations dealing with post-Vietnam Conflict resolutions concerning repatriation of U.S. and Allies' military and civilian personnel.

During his last decade of government service, he served as both Chief and  Director of Archival Research in the Office of the International Security Agency of the Department of Defense.

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Daniel G. Cox, PhD

BS. Political Science/Philosophy, Illinois State University

MS, Political Science, Illinois State University

Ph. D., Political Science, University of Nebraska

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Kevin Dougherty, PhD, LTC USA (ret)

BS, US Military Academy

MA, International Relations, Troy State University

MA, Strategic Studies, US Army War College

Ph. D, International Development, University of Southern Mississippi

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Allison Greene-Sands, PhD

Allison Greene-Sands is the associate director for Culture for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She is responsible for the research and study plan for the role of culture in Department of Defense (DoD) policy, which entails analysis of DoD culture-related policies, requirements, and capabilities in the operations and planning process for the Defense Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program. She has also worked for multiple non-profit organizations supporting intercultural conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus, and was a doctoral intern at the North American NATO Headquarters (Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic) in Norfolk, VA. She received both her PhD and MA in international studies from Old Dominion University, and holds a BA in philosophy from Dartmouth College. Her research focus areas include intercultural conflict resolution, culturally-based language pedagogy, and the impact of the Internet on diplomatic communications. Along with Dr. Robert Greene Sands, she is co-editing the seminal volume on cross-cultural competence in support of 21st Century military operations. Languages studied include French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Robert R. Greene Sands, PhD

Robert R. Greene Sands is an anthropologist and Director/Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL) at Norwich University. He is also Editor of the ISCL’s online journal: the Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS). He is also currently a Senior Research Consortium Fellow for Army Research Institute. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Sands was Culture Chair, then Chair, of the Cross-Cultural Competence Department, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL. He was also Director of the Minerva Initiative for Energy and Environmental Security during his tenure at Air University. Dr. Sands is a consultant supporting the development of culture and cross-cultural competence programs across the Department of Defense. He has presented to organizations such as AFRICOM, 17th Air Force, the US Air Force Expeditionary Center, the Joint Chaplains College, Special Operations Command, the JAG School, Advanced Air Mobility Operations, Joint Military Attaché School, Joint Foreign Area Officer Phase One course, Defense and National Intelligence professionals, among others. Dr. Sands has authored seven books and numerous chapters and articles on topics such as cross-cultural competence, environmental security, building partnerships and sustainability, sport and culture, ethnographic theory, and the cognitive origins of religion. His seventh book (co-authored with Allison Greene-Sands) is Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military Culture: the Flipside of COIN (2013, Lexington Books). Dr. Sands holds a BA from Illinois State University, an MA from Iowa State University and a PhD from University of Illinois, all in anthropology.

Mary T. Hall, JD, MA, LTC USN (ret)

B.A. History, Columbus College

M.A. Military History, Norwich University

JD, University of Georgia School of Law

LL.M. Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army

John Jennings, PhD

A specialist in Japanese history and a visiting researcher at Sophia University and International Christian University in Japan, John M. Jennings has written numerous books, articles, and reviews on Asian and military history. His publications include The Opium Empire: Japanese Imperialism and Narcotics Trafficking in Asia, 1895-1945 and the forthcoming Encountering Barbarians: Essays in the History of East Asian International Relations, 1428-1967. He is currently completing Taxed in Blood: A History of the Military, State, and Society in Japan, a new book for Reaktion Books. In addition to teaching in Norwich University’s world history and military history programs, Jennings teaches Asian, military, and world history for the United States Air Force Academy. A Philadelphia native, he earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

R. Alan King, PhD, MA

R. Alan King specializes in 21st-century security matters, counterinsurgency, strategic communications, and Middle Eastern geopolitical issues. He is a retired colonel of the Army Reserve and has been an advisor to both state and defense department leaders. In 2004, he served as a Civil Affairs Battalion commander and the deputy director of the Office of Provincial Outreach, Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and as a senior member of the ceasefire negotiations in Fallujah.

His book Twice Armed, An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq received the 2008 William E. Colby Military Writer’s Award for contributions to intelligence operations and international affairs.

King holds degrees from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Air Force Air War College, Webster University, and East Tennessee State University. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Brian Kupfer, PhD

BS, Political Science, Florida State University

M.A., Political Anthropology, Claremont Graduate College

Ph. D, Political Science, Claremont Graduate College

Cyndi Levy, PhD

Cyndi Levy has taught courses in political science, strategic studies, and public administration at Norwich University, Colorado College, Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest, the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where she also served as assistant provost for external affairs. Her career includes service as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, as an analyst at CIA headquarters in Langley, the Maritime Administration, and as the Executive Assistant to the former Dep Director of the CIA, Dr. Ray Cline, while he was the Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has also served as a Legislative Aide for Defense and Intelligence for US Senators Orrin Hatch and John Chafee. She received an AB from Syracuse University in Soviet and East European studies and socialist economics, and studied for a MA in law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in strategic studies and international law. She then studied for her MPA and subsequently pursued a PhD in American government and public administration at the Maxwell School of Public Administration. While assigned by the US Naval Postgraduate School to teach at Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University of the Republic of Hungary, she studied for her PhD in military strategy and philosophy. Along the way, she was awarded an Honorary PhD from Moscow State University in Russia. She is also the owner of Hilton Head Design, an artisan glass company.

Timothy Maynard, EdD

BS, Applied Science, US Naval Academy

MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Johnson and Wales University

Brett J. Morash, PhD

Brett J. Morash is the Director of Operations and Finance at the Bob Woodruff Foundation based in New York City and a retired U.S. Naval Officer with over 20 years of diverse leadership experience in assignments across the globe. Previously he was the Vice President of Veteran’s Services at Services for the UnderServed, Inc. a nonprofit based in New York City focused on improving at risk people’s lives where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple programs related to veterans' issues including homeless prevention, employment, mental health and wellness, with over a $15 million annual budget. Prior to retirement his final assignment was on the military faculty of the U.S. Naval War College where he educated military officers and senior civilian personnel on strategy, risk analysis, and operational planning. He received a bachelor’s in marine transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He furthered his education at Framingham State College earning a master’s in business administration. He later earned a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Most recently he earned his PhD in the Humanities from Salve Regina University where his dissertation was entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Union of Islamic Courts.” His professional experience has developed his skills in research, management, technological innovation, and concept creation.

Robert Pauly, PhD

Robert Pauly is a faculty member in the diplomacy and international relations graduate programs at Norwich. Specializing in American foreign policy and national security, he is fluent in French and German languages. Robert has published numerous books, articles and book chapters on various subjects. He a tenured Associate Professor of International Policy and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. He earned his master's and doctorate in international studies from Old Dominion University.

Recent Publications

US Foreign Policy and the Persian Gulf: Safeguarding American Interests Through Selective Multilateralism (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2005).

Islam in Europe: Integration or Marginalization? (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004).

Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy, edited volume (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2010).

“An Assessment of the Barack H. Obama Administration’s Approach to the Threats to US National Security Posed by Iran,” in Jack Covarrubias, Douglas Brattebo, Tom Lansford and Robert P. Watson, ed., The Obama Presidency: A Preliminary Assessment (New York: SUNY Press, 2012).


Jeffrey Shaw, PhD

BA, History, St. Anselm College

MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College

PhD, Humanities, Salve Regina University

David Witty, MA, LTC USA (ret)

BA, History, University of Arkansas

MA, History, University of Pennsylvania