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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A Doctor of Anthropology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a passionate teacher, Dr. Dave Matsuda, or Doc, has conducted extensive fieldwork in Latin America, the Middle East and SW Asia.  A recipient of grants from the Pew Trust for Education, the Princeton Ford Foundation, California State University Doctoral Incentive Program and The Organization of American States, Doc brings to Norwich University a strong belief that social action research is about going to the source and getting the ground truth.

The Chief Cultural Officer of Cultural Advisory Services Doc advises on matters of national security, diversity, social networks, and organizational culture.  Recently Doc’s pioneering research on the link between toxic leadership and suicide in the Army was featured on National Public Radio.

Dr. Dave Matsuda recently returned to the United States from overseas deployments where he served as a civilian Cultural Advisor at tactical, operational and strategic levels.  Doc resides in San Francisco with Kristi, his wife of 30 years, and his daughters Katie and Kimi who are, proudly, both fourth generation San Franciscans.

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Military studies, diversity, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, comparative religion, human rights, social networks, toxic leadership and suicide prevention.

Recent Talks and Lectures: 

Matsuda, D. (Featured Scholar). (2014, January 6). Army takes on its own toxic leaders. [Radio broadcast episode]. In D. Zwerdling (Narrator), NPR News Investigations. Washington, DC: National Public Radio.

Matsuda, D. (Featured Scholar). [Night Fire Films] (2013, October 13). Dance of the Maize God