I teach in the Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to joining Victoria, I taught at Hawaii Pacific University, Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. My teaching interests consist primarily of Asian security studies, foreign policy analysis, and U.S. foreign policy—especially U.S. history, strategy, and policy in Asia. I’ve taught more specialized courses in Korean studies, Japan-Korea relations, and grand strategy. I’ve also done some pioneering work teaching what I would describe as the strategist’s “toolkit”–qualitative methods that aid strategic decision-making, for practitioners and scholars alike. 

My comparative advantage in the classroom is my ability to pragmatically combine broad theoretical knowledge with experience in the military and public service. In terms of pedagogy, I embrace a mix of traditional and modern approaches. I am a traditionalist in the sense that I believe in the unique value of prepared lectures delivered by a person who has mastered the literature and uses that expertise to introduce debates and make sharp arguments, forcing students to think, often in real-time, while taking notes. To keep lectures interesting, I deploy historical case studies and contemporary events that place students in the midst of circumstances that contextualize historical and theoretical debates. At the same time, I frequently make use of tools that the old Prussians might scoff at: student-centered simulations and war games; online “wikis” that allow students to collaborate virtually; and breakout groups in which students form debate teams. Lectures are central to student learning in my book, but there is also no excuse for ignoring any other tools that might reach students in different (and possibly even better?) ways. I find that “game-ification” is the best way to ensure the largest number of students critically engage with the subject matter.

Courses Taught at Victoria University of Wellington:
STRA535: Designing Strategy: War Gaming and Analytic Tradecraft (starting in 2019)
STRA535: Grand Strategy in Theory & Practice (STRA535 evals)
INTP245: Foreign Policy Analysis
INTP115: Introduction to Security Studies (INTP115 evals)

Courses Taught at Hawaii Pacific University:
PS6601: Diplomacy and International Relations

Courses Taught at Georgetown University:
ASST713: Comparative Defense Policies of the Asia-Pacific
INAF470: Korea-Japan Relations Since World War II

Courses Taught at the Catholic University of America:
POL601: Introduction to International Affairs
CPOL554: Grand Strategy & U.S. Foreign Policy
CPOL542: Security Politics of the Korean Peninsula
CPOL530: Problematizing North Korea: Identity, Security, and Politics