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Pauletta Otis


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Dr. Pauletta Otis is a former professor of security studies at the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College. She has both theoretical and operational experience and expertise in sub-national violence. Otis has conducted research on issues concerning cultural factors that impact military strategy and operations, religious factors in violence, and irregular warfare/insurgency analysis. She previously served as senior research fellow for Religion in International Affairs at Pew Forum and was a tenured professor in political science and international studies at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She has also taught in the Joint Military Intelligence College and National Defense University's National Security Education Program. 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. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Denver, as well as an M.A. from the University of Southern Colorado.