Donald R. Gaylord | Webster University

Donald R. Gaylord, PhD




  Adjunct Professor of International Relations Online Program
  (910) 436-9802




PhD, Tulane University, 1991
BA, Dartmouth College, 1977

Areas of Interest

International Organizations
Latin America
World Dialogue of Religions


Donald R. Gaylord, PhD, has been teaching in the Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations program at Webster University since 1992. Between 1987 and 2013, he was a Latin American civilian analyst with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During this time, he regularly deployed to various Latin American countries with United States Army officers and enlisted as a researcher and civilian adviser (typical trip durations of three weeks) and worked with counterparts (both military and civilian) in those countries on operations, planning, and policy regarding information campaigns. He also wrote topical and country studies at this time in support of both Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and was first-line reviewer of other analysts’ studies. Countries to which Dr. Gaylord was deployed to or on which he wrote studies were the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and other eastern Caribbean island-nations, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. Dr. Gaylord was head of the Open Source Center office in the United States Consulate, São Paulo, Brazil (see between May 2011 and May 2012. His duties included monitoring and writing about Brazil’s media, media trends, and “gray” literature of all sorts (corporate, academic, think tanks, government, social movements, and non-governmental organizations), as well as helping to shape the Center’s long-term strategy for following and analyzing media in Brazil, particularly regarding social and “emerging” media (the eventual successors to Twitter, Flickr, Orkut, YouTube, etc.).  Dr. Gaylord’s job also entailed liaising with the multitude of United States government agencies represented in the consulate/embassy, such as USAID, Public Affairs, the Econ-Pol section, the Department of Commerce, the defense attaché, and the military liaison office.