Rudy L. Hightower, II


Hometown: Military Brat, pick any city

Email address: hightower.23@osu.edu

Undergrad Institution and Major:
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL – B.S.
Vocational Education
Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA – Certified Basic Spanish Linguist
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – A.A. Graphic Design

Graduate Institutions and Major:
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA – M.A. National Security Affairs

Interest Areas: Primary Ph.D. research interests are organizational capacity and interagency cooperation in Reconstruction and Stabilization (R&S) operations. Specifically, I’m investigating the effectiveness of both the current and historic U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security initiatives that influenced public R&S 'integrator' organizations. Employing both linear and non-linear research methods, specifically system dynamics and agent-based modeling, I hope to contribute to conversations on whether the U.S. “Whole-of Government” interagency approach to R&S operations has had a positive, negative, or neutral impact on Black Sea regional stability and democratic transition.

Teaching/Research:
Graduate Assistantship, Project Associate, Ukraine Parliamentary Development Project (PDP II) at the John Glenn School.


Instructor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, course: “Rebuilding Failed and Weak States”
 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — Facilities lifecycle simulation modeling.

Grants/Scholarships Awarded:
2010 Chalmers P. Wylie Scholarship for Public Service
2010 Mershon Center for International Security Research Grant

Publications:
Keep Your Eye On Ukraine » Click here to download a copy of the paper

Oceanic Sovereignty and the Law of the Sea: Fishery-Based Conflicts. Published January 1998.

Case study: The Declarations of Independence: Moldova-Pridnestrovie Sovereignty Conflict. (forthcoming)

Iterative Storytelling in Public Policy. (forthcoming)

Co-author, Simulating Maintenance in Deferred Maintenance (forthcoming)

Keep Your Eyes On Ukraine. Policy point-paper submitted to the Office of United States Senator Richard G. Lugar. September 2008.

Conference/Specialized Presentations:
“Operation Common Mother”. U.S.-Canada Military Intelligence Interoperability Initiative presented at the 2002 Asia-Pacific Military Forum. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“International Engagement and Research at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs”, The Ohio State University, November 2010

Working Papers:
Improving International Tourism in Ukraine, paper and system dynamics model

Research Institute/Industry Affiliation:
Founder and President of Paradox Dynamics, a private consulting company focused on developing and implementing non-linear models for systemic public policy analysis, conflict resolution, and international studies. Paradox Dynamics is currently launching “Black Sea Modeling and Simulation”, a quarterly professional newsletter focused on scholarly research and modeling of Black Sea regional issues.

Professional Affiliations:
System Dynamics Society
International City/County Management Association
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary





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