Dr. Marcus Griffin

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Dr. Marcus Griffin is a cultural anthropologist with significant experience providing research support to the U.S. Army and Marines, including the recently completed ARI research effort in Optimizing an Integrated Planning System. Marcus was the lead social scientist for one of the first Army Human Terrain System Teams, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq and providing research support and instructing two Brigade Combat Teams and one Marine Expeditionary Force in how to apply ethnography to understanding their environment. Because of his ability to derive and impart lessons learned and best practices from the integration of social sciences with planning, stability operations and community development, Marcus was selected to serve as the Dean of Academics for the Human Terrain System, where he led a transformation of the education and training of Human Terrain System Teams and team members. Marcus is the author numerous articles and of the first integrated cultural research management plans for the XVIII Airborne Corps, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is the past Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Christopher Newport College, where for nine years he developed and delivered thirteen courses.

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