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James "Pigeon" Fielder

Instructor of Political Science, Colorado State University

I'm a political science instructor at Colorado State University, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. I'm also serving as a Marine Corps University Non-Resident Krulak Fellow for academic years 2021-2023, am Chief Operating Officer for Mobius Worlds Publishing (yes, Pigeon is the COO), and consults on organizational wargaming, crisis response exercises, and scenario planning. I research interpersonal trust and emergent political processes through cyber-based interaction, and through tabletop and live-action gaming as natural experiments. I'm on the editorial board of the journal Simulation & Gaming and have over two decades of experience designing, executing, and assessing training exercises and wargames, from small-group tabletop discussions to multi-day exercises engaging over 5,000 participants.

I was "awarded" the military nickname Pigeon in 1997 for keeping pet pigeons, including one bird I've had since 1996!


  • 2022–present
    Chief Operating Officer, Mobius Worlds Publishing
  • 2019–present
    Instructor, Colorado State University


  • 2012 
    The University of Iowa, PhD, Political Science

Professional Memberships

  • North American Simulation and Gaming Association
  • Games Manufacturing Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Manchester Game Studies Network
  • Military Operations Research Society
  • Educational Wargaming Cooperative


Bronze Star Medal