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. 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 previously served as the 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 US military chaplains. She received her Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Denver, as well as an M.A. from the University of Southern Colorado.