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Brian Selmeski

Brian Selmeski, Ph.D. (U.S.) is a Senior Associate. He is the Deputy Director for Plans & Policies at the US Air Force Culture & Language Center at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Dr. Selmeski graduated magna cum laude in Latin American Studies from Bucknell University, which he attended on a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. After serving in the US Army, he completed a Ph.D. in anthropology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 2003-2007, he was a Research Professor, first at the Canadian Defence Academy, then the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2003, he established the Military Anthropology Network, an on-line community of practice dedicated to issues of security and culture, which today has over 400 members residing in 19 different countries. From 2004-2006, he led an applied research project on integrating native peoples to the armed forces of Bolivia. In his current position, he is responsible for helping integrate, harmonize and synchronize culture, region and language learning across the US Air Force through strategic planning and policy development.


Selmeski, Brian (2009) "Quality Enhancement Plan: Cross-Culturally Competent Airmen." Air University: Maxwell AFB, AL.

Selmeski, Brian (2007) "Military Cross-Cultural Competence: core concepts and individual development." Air Force Culture and Language Center Contract Report 2007-01. 16 May.

Selmeski, Brian (2007). "Aboriginal Soldiers: a Conceptual framework." Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society Occasional Paper Series #3. 23 October.

Selmeski, Brian (2007) "Sons of Indians and Indian Sons: military service, familial metaphors and multicultural nationalism." Highland Indians and the State in Contemporary Ecuador. A. Kim Clark and Marc Becker, eds. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press. 155-178.

Selmeski, Brian (2006) "Indigenous Integration to the Bolivian and Ecuadorian Armed Forces." Cultural Diversity in the Armed Forces: an international comparison. Joe Soeters and Jan van der Meulen, eds. New York, NY: Routledge Press. 48-63.