James “Pigeon” Fielder, PhD
I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1994 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in History, then received an early honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant to attend the United States Air Force Officer Training School in 1999. I was a career intelligence professional and held a variety of enlisted and commissioned leadership positions, including electronic warfare squad leader, intelligence section chief, deployed intelligence flight commander, Expeditionary Group senior intelligence officer, and Numbered Air Force division chief. I retired in May 2019 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Associate Professor of Political Science, and International Relations Division Chief at the United States Air Force Academy.
I research interpersonal trust and emergent political processes through cyber-based interaction, and through tabletop and live-action gaming as natural experiments (also known as ludology, or the study of games and game play). I have over two decades of experience designing, executing, and assessing training exercises and wargames, from small-group tabletop discussions to multi-day exercises engaging 5,000+ participants.
I am a member of the American Political Science Association, the Manchester Game Studies Network, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Military Operations Research Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, and am a peer reviewer for the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, the Journal of Political Science Education, Media War & Conflict, Simulation & Gaming, and Social Movement Studies.
In addition to founding and leading Liminal Operations, LLC, I’m also an Adjunct Professor and Research Associate with the Department of Political Science, Colorado State University.
My full academic CV is available here.