This page contains a list of my publications. When possible I have provided full-text copies for download or links to full-text copies elsewhere on the Net.
Nonlinear Science and Warfare: Chaos, Complexity, and the United States Military in the Information Age, London: Routledge, 2014.
Marouf Hasian, Jr., Sean Lawson, and Megan D. McFarlane, The Rhetorical Invention of America’s National Security State, Lexington Books, 2015.
Peer Reviewed Essays
“Bringing ‘Cyber’ Back into Cyberwar Discourse,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. (Fall 2015), pgs. 212-222.
Cynthia Love, Sean Lawson, and Avery Holton, (Winter 2014) “News from Above: First Amendment Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration Ban on Commercial Drones,” Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law.
Avery Holton, Sean Lawson, and Cynthia Love (December 2014), “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Opportunities, Barriers, and the Future of ‘Drone Journalism,’” Journalism Practice. OnlineFirst. (Abstract).
Kevin DeLuca, Sean Lawson, Ye Sun, “Occupy Wall Street on the Public Screens of Social Media: The Many Framings of the Birth of a Protest Movement,” Communication, Culture & Critique. 5(4) (2012) (Abstract).
“The U.S. Military’s Social Media Civil War: Technology as Antagonism in Discourses of Information-Age Conflict,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 27(2) 2014. (Abstract).
“Putting the ‘War’ in Cyber War: Metaphor, Analogy, and Cyber Security Discourse in the United States,” First Monday. 17(7) 2012. (Full text)
“Motivating Cybersecurity: Assessing the Status of Critical Infrastructure as an Object of Cyber Threats,” in Securing Critical Infrastructures and Industrial Control Systems: Approaches for Threat Protection, Badii, Atta and Laing, Christopher (eds.) (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2013). (Book)
“Beyond Cyber-Doom: Assessing the Limits of Hypothetical Scenarios in the Framing of Cyber-Threats,” Journal of Information Technology & Politics (forthcoming).
“Articulation, Antagonism, and Intercalation in Western Military Imaginaries,” Security Dialogue 42, 1 (2011): 39-56. (Abstract)
“Surfing on the Edge of Chaos: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of a Doctrine of Preventive War in the United States,” Social Studies of Science 41, 4 (2011): 563-584. (Abstract)
“Cold War Systems Science and the Emergence of a Nonlinear View of War in the U.S. Military,” Cold War History 11, 3 (2011): 421-440. (Abstract)
Marouf Hasian and Sean Lawson, (forthcoming) “The Syrian Rebellion and the ‘First Social Media War’” in Dee, J. (ed) From Tahrir Square to Gezi Park: Social Networks as Facilitators of Social Movements, New York: Peter Lang.
Kevin DeLuca and Sean Lawson, (2014) “Occupy Wall Street and Social Media News Sharing in the Wake of Institutional Journalism,” pgs. 361-375 in Allan, S. and Thorsen, E. (eds), Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume II, New York: Peter Lang.
“Motivating Cybersecurity: Assessing the Status of Critical Infrastructure as an Object of Cyber Threats,” in Laing, C., Badii, A. and Vickers, P. (eds) Securing Critical Infrastructures and Critical Control Systems: Approaches for Threat Protection, pp. 168-89. 2013.
“Beyond Cyber-Doom: Cyberattack Scenarios and the Evidence of History,” in Cyber Warfare: Critical Perspectives, Paul Ducheine, Frans Osinga, and Joseph Soeters (eds.) (The Hague, The Netherlands: Asser Press, forthcoming): 276-307. (Buy the book)
“A Review of Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation, and Technoculture,” by Patrick Crogan, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 34(3). 2012.
“A Review of Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd,” by Frans P. B. Osinga, Emergence, Vol. , No. 1 (2007): 225-227. (Full text)
“Water Scarcity, Politics, and Conflict in the Middle East,” Arab Studies Journal (Fall 2000/Spring 2001): 187-195. (Full-text not available)
Cynthia Love, Sean Lawson, and Avery Holton, (September 2014) “News from Above: First Amendment Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration Ban on Commercial Drones,” Mercatus Working Paper. Mercatus Center, George Mason University. 2014. (Full text).
“Beyond Cyber-Doom: Cyberattack Scenarios and the Evidence of History. Mercatus Center Working Paper, No. 10-77 (January 2011). (Full text)
“Cyber-Intifada Resource Guide: A Resource for Tracking the Intifada in Cyberspace,” The Arab Information Project (Georgetown University, Spring 2001); formerly (but no longer) available from http://www.georgetown.edu/research/arabtech/innovations.htm.
Co-author with Tim Ballard, Jason Pate, Gary Ackerman, and Diana McCauley, “Chronology of Aum Shinrikyo’s CBW Activities,” Center for Nonproliferation Studies Reports (Monterey: Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2001).
Entries for Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Encyclopedia of Worldwide Policy Technology, and History, Eric A. Croddy, James J. Wirtz, and Jeffrey A. Larsen (Eds) (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, December 2004). Including:
- “Cuban Missile Crisis”
- “Enola Gay”
- “On the Beach”
- “Osama bin Laden”
Conference Papers & Presentations
New (upcoming) – Sean Lawson & Robert W. Gehl, “Convergence Security: Cyber-Surveillance and the Biopolitical Production of Security,” Presentation at Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life, An International Workshop, University of Toronto, 12-15 May 2011.
New – Nick Russell, Michael Middleton, Marouf Hasian, and Sean Lawson, “Flipping for Sides: Counterinsurgency Doctrines (COIN), President Obama’s ‘Long War’, and Debates about U.S. Military and Foreign Policy during the Afghanistan Campaign,” Presented at the National Communication Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA, Novermber 14-17, 2010.
Gordon R. Mitchell & Sean Lawson, “A Steep Climb to the Moral High Ground: Rhetorical Constraints on Obama’s Detainee Policy,” Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November 10-13, 2009.
“The Closed World Revisited: Systems Science, Computers, and the Emergence of a Nonlinear View of War,” Presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference, Washington, D.C., October 29 – November 2, 2009.
“From Network Society to Network-Centric Warfare: Articulating Theories of Information Age Warfare in the U.S. Military,” Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 16-18, 2008.
“Loosing the Blogs of War: The Advent of Milblogging in the Post-9/11 U.S. Military,” Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Vancouver, B.C., October 17-20, 2007.
Sean Lawson, Hector Postigo, Marouf Hasian, “A Hopeful Mirror: Military Games as Visions of the Future Army,” Presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference, Montreal, QC, October 11-13, 2007.
“Upon Peering into the ‘Closed World’ and Finding it Messy: Science, Technology and the Military Reform Movement, 1976-1986,” Presented at the Society for the Social Studies of Science annual conference, Vancouver, B.C., November 1-5, 2006.
“Chaos, Complexity, and Networks: The Intellectual Foundations of U.S. Military Transformation,” Presented at Science and Technology in Context: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C., April 23-25, 2004.
“At the Crossroads of National Security and Agriculture: Assessing the Threat of Chemical and Biological Warfare Against Crops and Livestock,” Presented at the Heartland Conference, California State University, Stanislaus, June 2000.
“Aum Shinrikyo and the 1995 Tokyo Subway Attack in Historical Perspective,” Presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Regional Conference, California State University, Sacramento, March 2000.
“Info@War.Mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008. (Full text)
“The Cyber-Intifada: Activism, Hactivism, and Cyber-Terrorism in the Context of the ‘New Terrorism’,” seminar paper for the course, Information Warfare and Security, taught by Dr. Dorothy Denning, Georgetown University, Fall 2001.