I am a scholar of international security, political theory and the politics of global media–in short: strategy, struggle and spectacle. Originally from Glenwood Springs, Colorado and a former resident of Oregon and Arkansas, I am as much at home in the outdoors as I am in the classroom or the library. In the process of getting my Ph.D., I taught courses at University of Denver, University of Colorado and Hendrix College. My current primary academic position is a Lecturer of international politics, security and political theory at Colorado State University. Other courses I’ve taught include U.S. foreign policy, history of political thought, media and politics and a handful of interdisciplinary courses that combine global politics, security studies and media studies. My book American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. This book, as well as my current projects, seek to re-conceptualize information and entertainment disseminated by both state and non-state actors through advanced communications platforms as a form of power in in the creation of an international political and economic order. Or, stated another way, what is more powerful in today's world: an army of soldiers or an army of (Taylor) Swifts?
The American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment: Soft Power and Cultural Weaponization, (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
“The Arab Spring, 21st Century Media and Global Crisis: Is There an Emerging Network of Global Dissent?” in US Approaches to the Arab Uprisings: International Relations and Democracy Promotion (New York, I.B. Tauris, 2018)