Dr. Rudy Hightower II is a retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer. In his former U.S. Navy career, he served in U.S. and overseas assignments conducting intelligence analysis and reporting, and crafting Joint Intelligence Support to Military Operations policy and strategy. Currently, Dr. Hightower is a senior lecturer at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. His professional expertise and academic research focus are international security organizations and U.S. national security policy. Dr. Hightower’s research methods specialty is nonlinear modeling and simulation. He formerly served as project associate in USAID’s Ukraine Parliamentary Development Project and served as a resident director of the International Affairs Department’s Ukraine Study Abroad Program at Ohio State. He teaches a variety of courses including Rebuilding Failed and Weak States, Public Management, Leadership in Public Organizations, Introduction to Public Affairs, MPA Capstone, and Policy Analytics, Modeling and Simulation courses. Dr. Hightower is also the CEO/founder of a private consulting company focused on developing and implementing nonlinear computer analytics, modeling, simulations and visualizations of complex public policy issues.
Primary research interests are organizational capacity and interagency cooperation in Reconstruction and Stabilization operations. Specifically, Hightower is investigating the effectiveness of both the current and historic U.S. foreign policy and national security initiatives that influenced public R&S 'integrator' organizations. Hightower employs both linear and nonlinear 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. His research also investigates the public policy implications of the China-crafted and -led Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, and its influences on and impacts to future public administrators.
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.