Robert R. Greene Sands

Robert R. Greene Sands, Ph.D., is one of the foremost experts on the development and delivery of culture and language programs for national security. Dr. Sands has worked closely with the several DOD organizations to develop and deliver innovative blended learning programs in culture and language. Several iterations of his courseware have been utilized by different Services, Special Operations Forces, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, and Foreign Area Officers (FAOs), among others. Dr. Sands is currently CEO of LanguaCulture, LLC and adjunct professor in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University. His prior experience includes positions at Air University and Air Force Culture and Language Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Founder, Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University. Dr. Sands’ research and writing on the various aspects of culture and language is represented in nine books, numerous journal and book chapters. He is also a preeminent speaker and lecturer and is often delivering addresses to various organizations and learning institutions to include TEDx and other television and video appearances. His most recent research and writing feature two books in the Joint Special Operations University Special Projects series, the 2106 monograph, Assessing SOF LRC Needs: Leveraging Digital and LRC Learning to Reroute the “Roadmap” from Human Terrain to Human Domain and the 2018 publication, Advancing SOF Cultural Engagement: The Malinowski Model for a Qualitative Approach (co-authored with Darby Arakelian). He has written and published several recent journal articles to include:

  • “Note #2: When Language Met Culture: The Story of an Anthropologist and His Military Students in a Disruptive and Innovative Language and Culture Learning Program,”
  • “DoD Needs the Right Kind of Language and Culture Training”
  • “Language & Culture Note #1: On the Gray Zone and the Space Between War and Peace.”   

Dr. Sands founded and is co-editor of the Journal for Culture, Language and International Security. He is also CEO and Chair/Board of Directors for Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities, a non- profit with twin missions of historic preservation and service to at-risk Veterans. Dr. Sands received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois.