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. Currently I am a member of the faculty at Colorado State University where I focus on courses in international politics, security studies and political theory. 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 research examines how media and information constitute a form of power in international relations and help construct or destroy configurations of governance and rule at the global level. My first book, American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment (Palgrave 2014) argued that the key element of American power in the twentieth century was its seductive pop culture and ability to disseminate mass entertainment throughout the communications circuits of the world that existed at that time. My current book, Caesarism in the Twenty-First Century (University of Exeter Press 2023) examines how dominant actors and institutions in world politics lost control of the new media technologies of the new millennium, creating an interregnum in world order ripe for exploitation by media savvy demagogues. Future projects aim to study how ideas of grand strategy have changed in a world where information and imagery are now forms of power in a global society of the spectacle.
Caesarism in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis and Interregnum in World Order (Exeter, UK: University of Exeter Press 2023)
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)
“The Arctic” in Environmental Issues Today: Choices and Challenges, Robert Duffy and Susan Opp, eds. Two Volumes. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2020).
“Revolution or Ecocide: Ecological and Environmental Themes in Situationist Thought,” Review of Radical Philosophy, Volume 23, No 2, (2020) pp. 201-224.