Darrell Ezell, Ph.D. is an educator and social scientist with expertise in organizational behavior, inter-cultural relations, change management, and conflict resolution.  Darrell has translated his expertise into leadership roles in the public and private sectors and most recently as a skilled administrator in higher education as past Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Claremont Lincoln University. At Claremont Lincoln, he excelled as a senior administrator establishing a new graduate university and launching academic programs to support organizational leaders manage change and diversity. His research in global diversity, diplomacy, and foreign relations has led to him serving as a professor of international studies at Louisiana State University, in political science at Tulane University, publishing articles that have appeared in outlets as the HuffPost, CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy at USC, and authoring  Beyond Cairo: U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World (Palgrave), which serves as a roadmap for government officials to better engage Arab and South Asian communities.


Darrell’s work in global diversity spans the non-profit sector with time at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service & Foundation, Interfaith Center of New York, Interfaith Worker Justice, and in the public sector at the U.S. Department of State. In addition to teaching on culture and organizational relations, Darrell consults leaders of a host of industries on measures to improve organizational performance.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in England.

Beyond Cairo tackles the problem of U.S. public diplomacy and provides a roadmap for the White House and U.S. Department of State to re-engage the Muslim world over the coming years.  This book explores, the foreign policy challenges experienced by the post-9/11 Bush White House, peace and social justice efforts during the Arab Spring, and attempts put forth by the Obama administration to restore public communication and diplomacy in an era marked by global turmoil.

 "I thoroughly support the concept of this fascinating book, and have to agree that U.S. relations with the Muslim world need to be dramatically improved."

-U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald

Ret. Chairman and CEO, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

"At a time when the American relationship with Islamic peoples is of vital concern to the future of many countries, including the US, and amid great political and social change, Ezell's study of public diplomacy is essential. "

- Scott Lucas, Ph.D.

Professor of International Politics,  The University of Birmingham (U.K.)

"A must read if you want to understand Obama's foreign policy concerning the Muslim world"

-Amazon Customer

CPD Perspectives series, Essays on Faith Diplomacy examines faith diplomacy and its importance to public diplomacy efforts. The publication features an analysis of post-secular discourse between Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, a study of the history of the Catholic Church's global diplomacy and much more. This special addition of CPD Perspectives is the Center's initial contribution to the literature on faith diplomacy.  CPD Perspectives is a periodic publication from the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and highlights scholarship intended to stimulate critical thinking about the study and practice of public diplomacy.
Chapter 4. Ezell, D. "Enriching Post-secular Discourse in Faith Diplomacy"  in Essays on Faith Diplomacy  

Darrell Ezell

Innovator | Author |  Administrator