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.

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 (forthcoming).

Fielder, James D. “Cyber Security Policy in Kenya.” Chapter, Palgrave Handbook on Global
Cyber Security (forthcoming).

“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 347 Comparative Authoritarianism