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Dr. Pauletta Otis is Professor of Security Studies at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. She served as the Senior Research Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at Pew Forum, Washington, D.C. from 2005-2006. She has previously taught at Colorado State University-Pueblo (1989-2004) as a tenured full Professor of Political Science and International Studies. She held the positions of distinguished visiting professor of International Security Studies at the Joint Military Intelligence College (1998, DOD), visiting scholar at the National Security Education Program (1999, NDU), and professor of International Security Studies (2002-2004 JMIC). She has served as a member of the Defense Intelligence Advisory Board, Defense Science Policy Board Summer Study on Homeland Security and in a senior advisory capacity for the U.S. military chaplains. Dr. Otis has special expertise in the study of sub-national violence and combines both theoretical and operational experience and expertise. Her current research focuses on issues concerning cultural factors that impact military strategy and operations, religious factors in violence, and irregular warfare/ insurgency analysis. She received her PhD and an MA from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1989, as well as an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Colorado.