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Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz is Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at Georgia Southern University, a Research Associate of the Brazil Research Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) in Washington, D.C., a visiting professor at the Prague University of Economics and Business, Department of International and Diplomatic Studies and a visiting Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, and a former Adjunct Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA.,
Dr. da Cruz has been a visiting professor at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the School of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. He has served as visiting professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, La Serena Universidad in La Serena, Chile.
Dr. da Cruz holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Political Science from Wright State University, Dayton, OH; an M.A. in Professional Communications and Leadership from Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA; a M.A. in Political Science/Political Philosophy from Miami University, Oxford, OH; an M.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in cyber affairs and information assurance from Armstrong State University, and Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on information technology from Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA. Dr. da Cruz earned his Ph.D. in Political Science (majors in International Relations and Comparative Politics and minor in International Communications) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Dr. da Cruz is also a CISCO Certified CyberOps Officer, Certified INFOSEC Cybersecurity Administrator, Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer, a certified US Department of Homeland Security Military Resources in Emergency Management, Computer Security Incident Handler, and a Certified Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Cyber Intelligence.