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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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