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Faculty | Ph.D. 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 Dzubinski comes to Biola after more than 25 years of cross-cultural ministry. She has served in a variety of ministries, including professor at the Spanish Bible Institute and Theological Seminary, church ministry in Barcelona, Spain and Graz, Austria, theological education by extension (TEE) in Austria, leader development for missionaries and continuing professional development for...

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Lindsey Huang

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

  • Ph.D. Philosophy in Sociology University of North Texas
  • M.A. Sociology, minor in Anthropology University of North Texas
  • M.A. Biblical Studies Central American Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Sociocultural Studies, B.A. Spanish, Minor in TESOL 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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Jamie Sanchez

  • Chair, Graduate Department of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director, Ph.D. Intercultural Studies
  • 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...

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    Research Interests

    • Critical Refugee Studies
    • China Area Studies

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    Tom Sappington

    • Program Director, MA Intercultural Studies
    • 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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