Joyenda yabenda ast
 -Dari Proverb

Literal translation : a seeker a founder is

This proverb means that a seeker is a finder. If you are determined to do something and you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed.


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Aimee Vieira Bio


Aimee Vieira, PhD
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow

Aimee Vieira, sociologist, is a Senior Research Fellow of ISCL and an Associate Professor of Sociology in Norwich University's School of Justice Studies & Sociology, one of the six senior U.S. military colleges. As such, she has been educating future military leaders for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy since 2006. Dr. Vieira also manages ISCL’s Annual Fellows Program. For nearly twenty years, Dr. Vieira has investigated variations in the experiences of different language speakers in contact. This has ranged from research on English second language post-secondary students in the United States, to rural linguistic minority communities in Quebec, and stems from her early experiences in international exchanges with both English and non-English speakers, as well as from her own linguistic and cultural experiences. Of particular interest to Dr. Vieira are the roles and social identities of the cultural gatekeepers – the individuals who emerge as sources of information about insiders for outsiders, but who may be cultural outsiders themselves. This pivotal position is often held by interpreters, and Dr. Vieira is developing lines of inquiry to explore conflict interpretation from multiple perspectives, including the assessment of cultural accuracy by those who rely on interpreters for information. The goal of this work is to develop training materials to promote the effective use of interpreters. Focusing on minority groups throughout her career has allowed Dr. Vieira to explore household survival strategies of subordinate groups, the way social networks function for members of marginal or token groups, how informal economic activities act as markers of group affiliation, and the expression of identity through social and economic activity. These are critical components in intercultural interactions, especially in asymmetric relationships of power, language, and the potential use of force. Dr. Vieira regularly serves as a consultant on curriculum design, assessment and textbook development for a variety of clients. Some of her past clients include: the American Council on Education; Educational Testing Services; Sage Publications; Creative Academic Solutions LLC; and Tailored Training Programs LLC. Dr. Vieira completed her PhD at the Université de Montréal in Sociologie, and her MA (Sociology) and BA (Interdisciplinary Humanities) at Michigan State University.

Recent Publications

Vieira, Aimee. “Facilitating Cross-Cultural Communications: Interpreters and Cross-Cultural Competence.” In Robert Greene Sands &Allison Greene-Sands, (eds), Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military Culture, the Flipside of COIN:  Lexington, 2014.

Vieira, Aimee. “The Rural Informal Economy”. In Gregory M. Fulkerson & Alexander R. Thomas (eds.), Readings in Critical Rural Theory, Lexington, 2014

Vieira, Aimee & Robert R. Greene Sands.  Culture and Irregular Conflicts (Contract # W91CRB-10-C-0054) [Interactive digital course including original 15 chapter text, selected supplemental readings, videos, digital objects, activities, assignments, quizzes, exams, and grading rubrics]. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Defense, Counter-Terrorism Technical Support Office, Technical Support Working Group, Training Technology Development Group, 2011.