MPhil, Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge (2006); MA, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona (2001); BSEE/MSEE, Communications Engineering, US Naval Postgraduate School (1985); Defense Language Institute, Intensive Russian (47 weeks) (1980); BS, Far Eastern Studies, US Naval Academy (1976); HS Diploma, Taipei American School (1972)
As a missionary kid I experienced a peripatetic childhood which included two years in Hong Kong and four years in Taiwan. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy I served as both a Surface Warfare Officer (“ship driver”) and a cryptologist and ultimately retired as a Commander. Overseas assignments included Japan (twice), Turkey, and London.
Upon leaving the Navy I spent the next 25 years as, variously, a signals analyst, signal processing engineer, program manager, technical analyst, and translator for a variety of Government sponsors. My wife & I moved to the Charlottesville area from northern Virginia in 2013 and I have had the pleasure of teaching Chinese literature courses at UVA since 2014.
- "New Perspectives on the Sunzi from Contemporary Chinese Military Writings”, Education about Asia, Spring 2016.
- "People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Warship Construction and Standardization” in Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course, US Naval Institute Press, December 2016.
- "Deception is the Chinese Way of War: Chinese military interpretations of the Sun Tzu are key to understanding their rationale for strategy and operations", US Naval Institute Proceedings, February 2017.
- “People’s Liberation Army Navy Warship Construction and Standardization”. Presented at China’s Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges conference, US Naval War College, Newport, RI (May 2015)
- “New Perspectives on the Sunzi from Contemporary Chinese Military Writings”. Presented at AAS-in-Asia, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (June 2015)
- “‘Warfare is a way of deception’: Chinese perspectives on applying Sunzian principles of artifice to modern warfare”. Presented at the joint US-UK-PRC Chinese and Western Approaches to Military Ethics conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland (October 2015)
- “'Proactively ponder and audaciously explore': The PLA considers the relevance of the Sunzi (Sun Tzu) to modern warfare". Invited lecture at the US Naval War College, Newport, RI (May 2016)
- "'In the Service of Military Combat Readiness" (): A Survey of 21st Century PLA Scholarship on the Role of Military Ethics in Warfare". Presented at the Military Ethics: China and the West In Dialogue conference at Florida State University (November 2016)
- "Sun Tzu? Who Cares?! The relevance of Sunzi's Art of War to Modern Warfare: A People's Liberation Army perspective", University of Virginia NROTC Battalion, February 2017.