I love my discipline (International Relations) and I strive to convey that passion in my classroom. Substantial elements of my International Security, US Foreign Policy and Middle East Security classes are various simulations, which I have developed over the years. While my teaching is strongly research-based, I also aim to prepare my students for future careers in government or international organizations.
Hacking for Diplomacy at James Madison University (Fall 2017)
At a time of significant global uncertainty, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies are grappling with problems that defy territorial boundaries and resist quick and effective resolution. “Hacking for Diplomacy” is a multidisciplinary course at James Madison University that prepares students to respond to such challenges. Together with colleagues from Engineering, Communication, I taught this course for the first time during the Fall 2017 semester. This class applies innovative design methods to real and pressing problems faced by organizations in the public and private sectors. Our collaborating partners for this course are USSOCOM, the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, the nonprofit organization Peacetech Lab, and the technology company Endgame. The course is sponsored by 4-VA and takes place in JMU’s X-Labs.
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Below are some screenshots of a National Security Council simulation that I wrote for the US Air Force as part of their MA in National Security Decision-making. This was a collaboration with Regis Learning.