Skip to:

Sam Eisen


Focal Groups:

User is not a member of any group.

Research Groups:

User is not a member of any group.

Affinity links:

language across the disciplines
sudy abroad
Language learning and language proficiency assessment

Sam Eisen

The Language Flagship, Director

NSEP, Defense Language and National Security Education Office at the Department of Defense, Director of Programs

Dr. Sam Eisen is Director of The Language Flagship and Director of Programs at the National Security Education Program (NSEP) in the Defense Language and National Security Education Office at the Department of Defense.  NSEP is a federally-funded partnership between the national security community and higher education to address national needs for expertise in critical languages and regions and is an integral component of a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the seroius language deficit in the Federal government and in the nation.  NSEP programs are designed to create a pipeline of U.S. students skilled in critical languages and cross-cultural expertise, and to support critical language programs at U.S. institutions of higher education.

Before coming to NSEP, Dr. Eisen served as the Director of the Advanced Training and Research Group in International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education, where he provided oversight for Title VI and Fulbright Hays programs designed to develop and maintain national capacity in foreign language and international and area studies. 

Previously Dr. Eisen served at the U.S. Department of State ) in the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.  At the State Department Dr. Eisen coordinated FREEDOM Support Act which funded academic and professional exchange programs with the former Soviet Union for over 5000 participants per year and managed specialized institutional development projects.  Dr. Eisen also served in the Coordinator’s Office as the Democracy Programs Officer for U.S. Government assistance to Eastern Europe and Eurasia to promote civil society, independent media and rule of law in the region.  At the U.S. Information Agency he managed university partnership programs for Russia and Central Asia,

Dr. Eisen taught Russian language, literature, and culture as Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at American University in Washington DC before entering federal service.

Dr. Eisen holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Stanford University, and a B.A in Russian from Amherst College.