I am an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 with a dissertation titled, “Info@war.mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military.” My research focuses on the relationships among science, technology, and the development of military theory and discourse, in particular the intersections of national security and military thought with new media, information, and communication technologies.
Specific research topics include the use of nonlinear science-based metaphors in the construction of theories and doctrines of information-age warfare such as network-centric warfare; milblogging and military use of social media; and discourses of “cybersecurity” and “cyberwar.” In addition to my academic work on these subjects, I am a contributor to the Forbes.com security blog, The Firewall, and the sole author for the Forbes.com blog, Net Assessment.
At the University of Utah, I teach courses on new media, ICTs, and society, including “Communication Technology and Culture,” “Information Technology and Global Conflict,” “Introduction to Web Design,” “International Communication,” and a graduate seminar in technology studies. I have also taught “Science and Technology in Western Culture” for the State University of New York’s Empire State College.
Before beginning my Ph.D. work at RPI, I worked as an Associate National Security Analyst with DynCorp Systems & Solutions, LLC (now Computer Sciences Corporation) in Alexandria, VA. I have an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in History from California State University, Stanislaus. I interned in the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.