Allison Greene Sands
Allison Greene-Sands, PhD - Fellow
Allison Greene-Sands was recently selected to support a top-five priority initiative for Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DoD SAPRO). In this role, she was the report lead and head author of the December 2014 report to President Obama on recent progress made by the US military on sexual assault. Before SAPRO, Greene-Sands served for six years as the Associate Director for Culture for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She was responsible for the research and study plan for the role of culture in Department of Defense (DoD) policy, which entails analysis of DoD culture-related policies, requirements, and capabilities in the operations and planning process for the Defense Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program. She has also worked for multiple non-profit organizations supporting intercultural conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus, and was a doctoral intern at the North American NATO Headquarters (Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic) in Norfolk, VA. She received both her PhD and MA in international studies from Old Dominion University, and holds a BA in philosophy from Dartmouth College. Her research focus areas include intercultural conflict resolution, culturally-based language pedagogy, and the impact of the Internet on diplomatic communications. Along with Dr. Robert Greene Sands, she co-edited the seminal volume on cross-cultural competence in support of 21st Century military operations. Languages studied include French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
With Robert Greene-Sands (co-editors), Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of the COIN. Lexington Books (January 2014).
Chapters in Edited Books
Institutionalizing Cross-Cultural Competence in Department of Defense Policy, in Greene Sands, R. & Greene-Sands, A. (co-editors), Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of the COIN. Lexington Books (January 2014).
A Developmental Model for Cross-Cultural Competence, (with Reid, P., Kaloydis, F., & Sudduth, M. M.) in Greene Sands, R. & Greene-Sands, A. (co-editors), Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of the COIN. Lexington Books (January 2014).
if]Beyond Words: The Role of Nonverbal Communication in Navigating Socio-cultural Systems in Strong, B.E., Brooks, L., Ramsden Zbylut, M, & Roan, L. (2013). Sociocultural systems: The next step in Army cultural capability. Arlington, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. (ARI Research Product 2013).
The Department of Defense Report to the President of the United States on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Lead Author, Signed by SecDef, Nov 25, 2014
White Papers/Strategy Documents/Technical Reports
A Framework for Understanding Cross-cultural Competence in the Department of Defense. DEOMI Technical Report No. 15-12, May 2012. (co-author)
DoD Strategic Plan for Language Skills, Regional Expertise and Cultural Capabilities 2011-2016. (Subject Matter Expert/author for Cultural Capabilities)
Cross-Cultural Competence for the Total Force White Paper. October 2010. (author)
Final Report of the Fiscal Year 2008 Language and Regional Expertise Capabilities Based Review. July 2008. (co-author)
DoD Regional and Cultural Capabilities: The Way Ahead White Paper. October 2007. (co-author)