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 and U.S. history, strategy, and policy in Asia, though I have taught introductory courses on international relations and U.S. foreign policy, as well as more specialized courses in Asian security, Korean studies, Japan-Korea relations, and grand strategy.
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 not only structure most lectures with the Socratic method in mind, but 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.
At the Catholic University of America, I was the highest rated instructor (4.9 out of 5.0) in the Department of Politics, according to Ratemyprofessor.com, available here.
Courses Taught at Victoria University of Wellington:
INTP115: Introduction to Security Studies
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
“From Strategy to Policy? Adapting the U.S.-ROK Alliance to Asia’s Emerging Security Environment,” for the U.S. Naval War College (January 7, 2015).
“Korean Politics and the U.S. Rebalance to Asia,” for the U.S. National War College (December 15, 2014).
“Introduction to Asian Security,” Naval Postgraduate School, series of briefings for Navy SEAL Teams at Naval Station Coronado (throughout September 2014).
“Assessing Strategic Intentions in the Asia-Pacific,” for Prof. Jon Smith, Coastal Carolina University (February 8, 2014).
“The U.S.-Korea Alliance in an Era of Rebalancing,” for Prof. Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College (January 8, 2014).
“Policy-Relevant International Relations Theory,” for Prof. Andrew Yeo, The Catholic University of America (September 18, 2013).
Discussion on Korea policy and strategy for Prof. Mike Mazarr, U.S. National War College, National Defense University (May 2013).
“The U.S.-Korea Alliance: Moving into the 21st Century,” presentation at the U.S. Naval War College (January 2, 2013).
“Politics of the U.S.-Korea Alliance,” for Prof. J.J. Suh, Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (September 2012).