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
Thesis: Oceanic Sovereignty and the Law of the Sea: Fishery-Based Conflicts

John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University – PhD
Dissertation: National Security Policy Complexity: An Analysis of U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Program Effects on Political Terror

Interest Areas: Primary 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, 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 global stability and democratic consolidation. Also investigating the public policy implications of the China-crafted and led Belt and road Initiative (BRI) and its influences on and impacts to future public administrators.

Teaching:
  • PA2110 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PA3500 Public Management
  • PA5700 Rebuilding Failed and Weak States
  • PA6050 Managing Public Organizations: Environment, Structure and Design Policy Analytics, Modeling, and Simulation (PAMS) system dynamics workshops
  • Data Visualization for Public Affairs using Tableau (forthcoming)

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

Publications:
  • The Declarations of Independence: Moldova-Pridnestrovie Sovereignty Conflict in Understanding Complex Military Operations: A case study approach. Edited by Karen Guttieri, Volker Franke, Melanne Civic Routledge, 2014
  • Iterative Storytelling in Public Policy: A Systems Thinking Approach, in Desai, Anand. (2012). Simulation for Policy Inquiry. 10.1007/978-1-4614-1665-4.
  • Keep Your Eyes On Ukraine. Policy point-paper submitted to the Office of United States Senator Richard G. Lugar. September 2008.

Research Institute/Industry Affiliation:
Founder and President of Hightower & Hightower, LLC, a private consulting company focused on developing and implementing non-linear models for systemic public policy analysis, conflict resolution, and international studies. H&H is currently building data visualization course using Tableau and co-editing a book on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Professional Affiliations:
System Dynamics Society



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