Adjunct Faculty



James "Pigeon" Fielder joined CSU as an Adjunct Professor after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is also serving as a Marine Corps University Non-Resident Krulak Fellow for academic year 2020/21.

Fielder researches interpersonal trust and emergent political processes through cyber-based interaction, and through tabletop and live-action gaming as natural experiments (also known as ludology, or the study of games and gameplay). He also has over two decades of experience designing, executing, and assessing training exercises and wargames, from small-group tabletop discussions to multi-day exercises engaging 5,000+ participants.

He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Manchester Game Studies Network, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Military Operations Research Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, and peer reviews for the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, the Journal of Political Science Education, Media War & Conflict, Simulation & Gaming, and Social Movement Studies.


Fielder, James D. “The Monsters Among Us: Realism and Constructivism in ‘The World of Darkness’ Roleplaying Game Setting.” In Picariello, Damien (Ed.). The Politics of Horror. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Fielder, James D. “Cyber Security Policy in Kenya.” In In Romaniuk, Scott N., and Mary Manjikian (Eds.). Routledge Companion to Global Cyber-Security Strategy. New York: Routledge. (In press, est. release late 2020).

Fielder, James D. “Reflections on Teaching Wargame Design.” War on the Rocks, 1 January 2020.

“The Pigeon’s Checklist for Classroom Game Design.” Active Learning in Political Science, 4 February 2019.

Fielder, James D. “The Narrative History of the Chocolate Wars: Designing a Short and Tasty Bargaining Game.” Journal of Political Science Education, 15:1, 82-93, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1446343

Fielder, James D. "The Internet and Dissent in Authoritarian States." In Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos and Adam B. Lowther (Eds.). Conflict and Cooperation in Cyberspace: The Challenge to National Security, 161-194. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Fielder, James D. “Bandwidth Cascades: Escalation and Pathogen Models for Cyber Conflict Diffusion.” Small Wars Journal 9(6): 2013.


  • POLS 131: Current World Problems