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Faculty | M.A. in Intercultural Studies

Leanne Dzubinski

  • Acting Dean of Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Education and Studies
  • Program Director, Ph.D. Intercultural Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Emory University

Leanne M. Dzubinski, Ph.D. is acting dean and associate professor of intercultural education in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies. Before that, she spent 20 years as a missionary, working in evangelism, church planting, and education in Europe. Dr. Dzubinski earned a BA from Emory University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a...

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Kevin Pittle

  • Chair, Undergraduate Department of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University

Kevin Pittle is Chair of the Anthropology Department, Program Director for the undergraduate Cultural Anthropology concentration in Intercultural Studies, and is coordinator for both the Anthropology minor and the minor in Social Justice, Human Rights and Conflict Transformation. His primary academic interests center on three broad themes: (1) worldview studies (cultural knowledge,...

Research Interests

  • Worldview
  • Cultural Continuity, Change & Innovation
  • Social Justice Action & Advocacy
  • Conflict & Conflict Transformation
  • Interreligious Peacemaking
  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Migrants
  • Folk & Popular Islam
  • Emerging Post-Secular Spiritualities

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Murray Decker

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., North American Baptist College

Murray Decker has taught at Biola University since 1993, teaching courses such as Interpersonal and Intercultural Adjustment, Foundations of Global Studies, Short-term Mission Leadership, Experiential Learning Theory, Intercultural Internship, Cross-cultural Issues in Spiritual Formation and Gospel and Culture. His field experience includes serving in Cameroon, West Africa as a missionary, as...

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Katrina Greene

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., American University
  • B.S.F.S. (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service), Georgetown University

Katrina Greene directs the International Development Minor and Emphasis/Concentration within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS). She is a socio-cultural and applied anthropologist who has conducted ongoing field research among women, including female entrepreneurs, in the black townships of Cape Town, South Africa since 1997, including doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar...

Research Interests

  • Developmental and applied anthropology
  • Black economic empowerment in South Africa
  • Economic anthropology
  • Gender and community development issues

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Lindsey Huang

  • Program Director, Doctor of Intercultural Studies
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • M.A., University of North Texas
  • M.A., Seminario Teol√≥gico Centroamericano (SETECA)
  • B.A., Bethel College

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Alan McMahan

  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M. Div., Alliance Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Nyack College

Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and...

Research Interests

  • Rapidly growing urban churches in Asia
  • Understanding successful leadership patterns in multi-ethnic churches
  • Re-examining receptivity theory in light of contemporary research into epidemiology (or the spread of infectious diseases and the diffusion of innovations)
  • Exploring the frontier of systemic church growth interventions
  • Understanding and predicting effective transformational leadership development experiences and examining these practices in various cultural contexts

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Michal Meulenberg

  • Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Jamie Sanchez

  • Chair, Graduate Department of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director, PhD. & MA Intercultural Studies and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

    Jamie Sanchez is a faculty member and Program Director of the PhD in Intercultural Studies in the Graduate Department. She lived in China for ten years working for a non-profit company, business consulting firm, and co-establishing an English training center. 

    Dr. Sanchez teaches research methodology courses in addition to graduate level content courses. Her...


    Research Interests

    • Critical Refugee Studies
    • China Area Studies

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Tom Sappington

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Th.D., Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Tom Sappington was involved in pastoral ministry for nine years before being called to ministry in the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, where he and his wife served for 15 years in Central Java. During his years in Indonesia, he taught various courses in New Testament, Spiritual Conflict and Pastoral Ministry at six branches of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia. In...

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Allen Yeh

  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • D.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.Th., Edinburgh University
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Yale University

Allen Yeh is a missiologist who specializes in Latin America and China. He also has other academic interests in history, classical music, homiletics, social justice, the California missions, the Maya, and biographical interest in Jonathan Edwards (America's greatest theologian) and Adoniram Judson (America's first intercontinental missionary). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the...

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