Michael Moodian, Ed.D.

Michael Moodian, Ed.D.

Associate Professor


P (949) 585-2994

16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA, 92618
Michael Moodian

Dr. Michael A. Moodian has served as a faculty member for the Chapman University System since 2007. He is an associate professor of social science at Chapman-affiliated Brandman University and teaches for Chapman’s integrated educational studies program. He is also a former U.S. military reservist.

Michael has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and commentaries; is a Huffington Post blogger; and has 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. He has presented his research at various national and international conferences and has served as an expert commentator on several television and radio programs. Based on his interest in local history, he 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). Michael enjoys speaking to local K-12 and community groups on South Orange County’s indigenous American activity, the Portolá Expedition, Mexican governance of the land, and 20th century ranching activity.

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

Visit Mike’s website: www.moodian.com

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Social Science

  • Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • MA in Communications, California State University, Fullerton
  • BA in Communications and Sociology, California State University, Fullerton
Scholarly Activities
  • Doctoral dissertation - An Analysis of Intercultural Competence Levels of Organizational Leadership Doctoral Students
  • Certified administrator of the Intercultural Development and Intercultural Conflict Style inventories
  • Authored Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence (Sage Publications, 2009).
    • This is an edited volume that examines the application of cultural comprehension to organizations and the measurement of intercultural competence. The book has been 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.
Professional Experience
  • State of California Commission on Judicial Performance in 2015 - appointed by Governor Jerry Brown
    • 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.
  • Chair of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board
  • Member and former chair of the United Nations Association of Orange County Advisory Council
  • Member of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board
  • Executive board member and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County