Michael A. Turner
Dr. Michael A. Turner teaches at both San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. He is also a consultant to the United States Government on national security matters. Until 2006, Dr. Turner was the Director of International Relations Program at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Before joining Alliant, Dr. Turner was a senior CIA officer, attached both to the analytical directorate as well as to elements supporting the Director of Central Intelligence. At varying times, Dr. Turner has taught strategic affairs at the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, John s Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and the Air War College. Dr. Turner’s research interests include intelligence and national security, American foreign policy, Middle East as well as Central and South Asian Politics, and counterterrorism policy. Dr. Turner teaches both graduate and undergraduate international relations courses.
Dr. Turner received his B.A. from Park College in Parkville, Missouri (1970) and his M.A., and Ph.D. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio (1975).
Scholarly and Creative Work
Dr. Turner is the author of Why Secret Intelligence Fails (Potomac Books, 2006) and Historical Dictionary of U.S. Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has written numerous journal articles and lectured widely on a variety of strategic issues and intelligence matters. He is currently under contract to produce several books on strategic issues.
Dr. Turner’s teaching interests include a wide range of topics in International Relations, Strategic Affairs, and Homeland Security. He teaches courses on Intelligence, US national security, and Regional Security matters.